University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management student, Demetrius Gloster, was invited to this year's award-winning Ph.D. Project Conference in Chicago.

Gloster, a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar, presented his research in a lecture titled, "New Mexico Money in Politics." He graduates with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in May 2012.

The Ph.D. Project was created in 1994 to better represent African-Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in management by diversifying business school classrooms and faculty. The project hopes to encourage more minorities to pursue business degrees and build a multicultural corporate environment that is friendlier to minority applicants.

The two and a half day conference included deans, professors and minority doctoral students that lectured on the benefits of pursuing a Ph.D. in business. Candidates were exposed to networking opportunities including over 100 doctoral-granting universities, representatives, deans and professors who helped prepare them for the doctoral application process.

When the Ph.D. Project was created, there were only 294 doctorally qualified minority business professors in all U.S. business schools. Today there are 1,113, an increase of more than 250 percent. Currently, there are 379 minorities currently enrolled in doctoral programs that will take a place at the front of the classroom in the coming years. 

For more information on the Chicago Ph.D. Project, call (646) 234-5080.