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Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (EDGE-SBE) is one of a number of programs funded by the National Science Foundation aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the social, behavioral and economic sciences, who enter and complete PhD programs and go on to academic jobs.

EDGE-SBE is a collaboration between Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A & M University.  At Stanford, EDGE-SBE is a broadly interdisciplinary program with connections to the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCRSE) and IRiSS.

EDGE-SBE offers the following forms of support:

  • Graduate Diversity Fellowships.  These are "add-ons" to the basic financial packages offered by Stanford departments. Among other things, these funds help support research by the fellows and travel by fellows to professional conferences.
  • One-on-One Mentoring.  In addition to any advisors assigned by their department, EDGE fellows are assigned to a faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor. These mentors work with EDGE-SBE to help the student make a successful transition to graduate school and to academia.
  • Connections to Colleagues at Other Institutions.  A yearly conference supported by EDGE-SBE allows fellows to present ideas, obtain feedback and network with peers and professors at participating universities. The goal is to provide a highly supportive environment that fosters both professional and personal connections.

Individuals interested in participating in EDGE-SBE should visit our Prospective Students page.

News and Announcements

EDGE-SBE Faculty Advisor Segura Named AAAS Fellow

EDGE-SBE faculty advisor for political science, Gary Segura, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His appointment to the prestigious honorary society recognizes his leadership in advancing the social sciences through his work.

Segura’s research focuses on issues of political representation and on the accessibility of government and politics to America’s growing Latino population. For more on Professor Segura and other Stanford AAAS fellows, visit the News Service website.

Sex, pregnancy and birth control: Sociologists study contraception trends

 Nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended, and lower-educated women and women in their 20s account for more than half of all abortions. So why aren't more of  those women consistently using birth control?

Seeking to address this question, EDGE-SBE mentor and Ph.D. candidate Krystale Littlejohn worked with sociologist Paula England to interview 70 local college-age women to better understand the factors behind the trend.  For the full story, see the News Service website.