Three-year National Science Foundation Grant to Support the RBSI Program Awarded to Dr. Paula D. McClain

APSA Press Release

Washington, D.C., August 30, 2016

Three-year National Science Foundation Grant to Support the RBSI Program Awarded to Dr. Paula D. McClain

Dr. Paula D. McClain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Duke University has been awarded a $327,465 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) for 2016-2019. This is the seventh NSF grant that Dr. McClain has received to support the RBSI program. The program is also supported by Duke University’s Office of the Provost, the political science department and the American Political Science Association (APSA).
The RBSI program, celebrating its 30th year, is a 5 week intensive educational and research methodology summer program held at Duke University with the goal of increasing diversity within the political science professoriate. Attendees, rising college seniors, take two graduate level courses, research methodology, and racial and ethnic politics. To date, the RBSI program has taught and trained over 500 undergraduates and has resulted in nearly 70 PhDs in political science, as well as numerous master’s degrees, PhDs in related fields and countless professional degrees.