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FOX DOCTORAL STUDENT JAMIE WEATHERS OFFERS
MUCH THANKS TO THE P
H
D PROJECT
Finance PhD student Jamie Weathers
would not have chosen the Fox School
of Business had it not been for the
PhD Project.
In the fall of 2010, Weathers applied
to a conference sponsored by the PhD
Project, which was held in Chicago and
featured an array of speakers and vari-
ous networking opportunities.
“It was extremely energizing, motiva-
tional, and it made you feel like you can
do it,” Weathers said.
Weathers, a single mother, said that
she was most motivated to pursue
her PhD when she heard the story of
another single mother, with three chil-
dren, working toward her doctorate.
While attending the doctoral school
fair at the PhD Project Conference,
Weathers, a Kentucky native, met Fox
School Associate Dean of Research,
Doctoral Programs and Strategic
Initiatives Paul A. Pavlou, as well as
Bernie Milano. It was not until then that
Temple University and the Fox School
were on her radar.
Weathers described her first year as a
doctoral student as an experience in
which she had to learn how to “read”
again, as she had not come from a
background in academic research.
Through the PhD Project, she is a
member of the Finance Doctoral
Students Association (DSA), which has
provided a safe space for Weathers to
figure out where she stood in this new
realm of academia.
“That’s the good thing about the DSA,”
Weathers said of the PhD Project’s
support networks in five business
disciplines. “People give you help and
advice. You get to share your experi-
ences with others, and you know that
you’re not alone.”
Weathers feels just as grateful to be a
part of Fox’s Department of Finance.
“The faculty and my colleagues here
are a wonderful support system,” she
said. “Temple is a perfect fit for me.”
Alexis Wright-Whitley
students affiliated with the PhD Project’s
DSAs is approximately 90 percent. And
97 percent of PhD recipients who come
through the PhD Project stay in aca-
demia, serving as role models and
mentors on business-school faculty.
When Milano started the PhD Project, he
was leading national recruiting for KPMG.
During the five decades Milano has
been with the firm, he has held positions
of increasing responsibility, including
national partner in charge of university
relations and national partner in charge
of human resources.
He is currently president and board
member of the KPMG Foundation, which
supports business schools and students
with special emphasis on accounting
programs; the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund,
which provides funds to qualified chari-
table organizations and to KPMG partners
and employees who have suffered finan-
cial losses due to natural disasters; and the
PhD Project.
“People in the academic world have said
this is the most powerful, most successful
diversity initiative they have experienced,
and when you think about it, we’ve put in
a sustainable, long-term change,” said
Milano, who was awarded the American
Association of Blacks in Higher Education’s
2013 Advocacy Award.
“We know that when a person becomes
a professor and stands in front of that
classroom and teaches three sections a
week over a 20-year career, they’re going
to be impacting thousands of lives,” he
added. “Almost all of us can point to a
teacher or a professor who has turned
our head and given us confidence to
pursue a certain direction.”
–Brandon Lausch
97 PERCENT OF P
H
D RECIPIENTS WHO
COME THROUGH THE P
H
D PROJECT
STAY IN ACADEMIA, SERVING AS ROLE
MODELS AND MENTORS ON BUSINESS-
SCHOOL FACULTY.
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