2017 Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholars Program

Thank you to all 2017 Millennium Scholars Program mentors and scholars!

Introduction and Mission


The Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholars Program was developed as a vehicle to encourage and support scholars from under-represented ethnic/racial groups from North America in pursuing graduate work in developmental science. To that end, the program provides educational and professional development for these scholars, giving them a launching point for a career in the field of child development. The program offers the selected scholars with mentorship from advanced scholars in the field who provide them guidance and support in their pursuit of educational and professional goals. Individuals from diverse racial, ethnic and disciplinary groups are recruited to serve as mentors. Through participation in the Millennium Scholars Program, minority scholars have the opportunity to attend the SRCD Biennial meeting, special preconference activities, and the possibility to develop a lasting mentoring relationship with their mentors. These experiences enable scholars to gain valuable exposure to the field and allow them to interact not only with their mentors, but also with other scholars and professionals.

Scholar Application

Scholar Benefits:

  • Participation in pre-conference and conference training events at the 2017 Biennial Meeting
  • Individual mentorship during the Biennial Meeting
  • Registration fee waiver to support attendance at the 2017 Biennial Meeting in Austin and the MSP preconference event
  • Scholars will be reimbursed up to $1000 for travel expenses (this includes flight, ground transport, and meals during the Biennial Meeting)
  • SRCD will also reserve and pay for scholars housing during the meeting 

Selection Criteria:

  • Open to graduate students who are pre-doctoral candidates  
  • Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating a need for the resources and opportunities offered by the Millennium Scholars Program

Scholar Commitments:

If selected for the program, Scholars commit to:

  • Participation in all MSP activities at the 2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting
  • Attend MSP Pre-Conference (all day on Wednesday, April 5, 2017)
  • Self-scheduled activity with mentor during the Biennial Meeting (e.g., attending talk, poster session, sharing meals, etc.)

Scholar Application Materials:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Academic transcript
  • A brief biosketch (accepted applicants' biosketches will be included in a program handbook) (200 word limit)

Scholars will need to provide responses to the following (maximum 300 words each):

  • Please summarize your career goals, current academic and research interests, and any experiences relevant to the MSP
  • Why is participation in the MSP important for your career development?
  • In your view, what are key obstacles faced by under-represented scholars who are pursuing careers in developmental science? How can programs like the MSP help to address these obstacles?

Mentor Application

Mentor Benefits:

  • Registration fee waiver to support attendance at the 2017 Biennial Meeting in Austin and the MSP preconference event
  • $400 stipend will be provided to all mentors to help offset the cost of coming to the Biennial Meeting one day early

Selection Criteria:

  • Senior scholars, mid-career scholars, early career scholars and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to serve as MSP mentors

Mentor Expectations:

  • Participation in all MSP activities at the 2017 SRCD Biennial Meeting
  • Attend MSP Pre-Conference (all day on Wednesday, April 5, 2017). Each mentor will be asked to participate in a workshop, presentation, and/or panel as part of the Pre-Conference activities
  • Self-scheduled activity with mentees during the Biennial Meeting (e.g., attending talk, poster session, sharing meals, etc.)
  • Closing conversation with mentee at the end of the Biennial Meeting

Mentor Application Materials:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • A brief biosketch (accepted applicants' biosketches will be included in a program handbook) (200 word limit)
  • Each mentor will be asked to participate in a panel, session, and/or workshop at the SRCD Pre-Conference. 

Mentors will need to provide responses to the following (maximum 300 words each)

  • Please summarize your career goals, current academic/research interests, and any experiences relevant to the MSP and commitment to mentoring under-represented scholars.
  • In your view, how can a program like the MSP best support under-represented scholars pursuing careers in developmental science? 

Questions? Contact Matt Ferrett (mferrett@srcd.org) or (202) 805-3479