The AACTE Holmes Program supports students who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse and are pursuing graduate degrees in education at AACTE member institutions. Founded in 1991 for doctoral students, the Holmes Program now provides mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities at three levels:
- The AACTE Holmes Scholars Program supports doctoral and post-doctoral students. Learn more
- The AACTE Holmes Master’s Program supports master’s students. Learn more
Boston University is piloting a Holmes Postdoctoral Program in Education and Human Development in which postdoctoral fellows will engage in a 2-year research and residency program, 2018-2020.
Learn more about the education-related careers and pathways pursued by Holmes students.
Participation in the Holmes Program is open to all AACTE member institutions; AACTE charges no additional fee to enroll. Sponsoring institutions are responsible for supporting their Holmes students according to the participation requirements.
Learn more about the history and governance of the AACTE Holmes Program.
- Participation in the AACTE Holmes Program is an effective tool for recruiting new students of color.
- Participation in the program enhances students’ retention and graduation rates by providing a support network of peers and unique opportunities for professional experiences.
- Participation in the program demonstrates and enhances the institution's role as a leader in supporting diversity in the PK-20 education workforce.
- Institutions receive free distribution of faculty search announcements in the Scholars Report monthly e-newsletter.
- Sponsoring institutions are recognized in AACTE materials. Click here for the current list of participating institutions.
2020 AACTE Annual Meeting Holmes Pre-Conference and Poster Session
Call for Research Proposals
AACTE is now accepting proposals for the 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting Holmes Pre-Conference and Poster Session in Atlanta, GA. Master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral students may submit proposals. This is an excellent opportunity to present your research and receive feedback in an open and supportive setting. The Holmes Pre-Conference, February 27-28, will include a roundtable, a job panel, 3-minute thesis, and the dissertation funding competition presentations. The Poster Session presentations will take place during the AACTE Annual Meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 29. Holmes Scholars may submit more than one proposal. Please review the session descriptions and submit your proposal here.
Submission Deadline: October 26, 2019
- Roundtable – 30 minute session – This is a more relaxed session format for those who have a start for their research but still have questions. The format for this session includes a brief overview of your research interest area, a concise description of your proposed study or research line, followed by a discussion. During the discussion you can pose questions, ask for advice, or discuss alternate methods with those in attendance.
- Job Panel – 20 minute session (Doctoral Candidates or Graduates who have completed dissertation) – This session will be presented in front of a panel. You will have approximately 15 minutes to discuss your dissertation (theoretical framework, method, results, significance) and the last 5 minutes will consist of questions and answers from the audience and panel, as well as feedback from the panel.
3-Minute Thesis (3MT) – 3 minute session – This session is a chance to propose your research or present your pilot study. You have 3 minutes, 1 PowerPoint slide (no animation, no audio), and just your voice (no props, no costumes). This session provides excellent practice for your elevator speech that you will be giving when people ask what is your research interest or agenda.
Poster Session – 60 minute session – This session is free flowing. You will create a poster to display during the session and attendees will walk around the session viewing posters. Be prepared to summarize your poster, expand on elements of your poster, and answer questions. It is suggested you bring business cards or a handout for those interested in more information.
Dissertation Funding Competition (DFC) – 5 minute session (Doctoral Candidates only) – DFC finalists will present their anticipated dissertation at the "pre-data collection" stage (i.e., not completed). The purpose of the DFC is to support the finalists' dissertation research proposal related expenses
Remember to submit your proposal by October 26. If you have questions, please contact AACTE Holmes Research Coordinator Valentina Contesse at email@example.com.