Alumni Reflections

BrownNadia-225Participating in the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) is the reason why I am a political scientist.  This was my first exposure to the professoriate. My involvement with the RBSI experience provided an opportunity for me to truly understand the importance of knowledge creation. Without this program, it is doubtful that I would have entered a graduate program in political science. I am thankful for APSA’s dedication to cultivating a pipeline for minority scholars.

Nadia Brown, PhD
Associate Professor, Purdue University
RBSI Class of 2003

CrawfordNyron-225“Like most political science majors, I had high dreams of law school, and a plan of study to get me there. That all changed the summer (2007) I attended the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) at Duke; that experience is responsible for setting me on a professional-academic course that has been so rich in opportunity, friendship, and adventure.  

Nyron N. Crawford, PhD
Assistant Professor, Temple University
RBSI Class of 2007

Tehama Lopez Bunyasi, Assistant Professor, S-CAR. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

“RBSI opened up a world of possibilities that I did not know was in reach. By participating in the Bunche program, I not only learned that I had “the chops” for completing a doctoral program, but I also learned that my modest financial background need not impede going to graduate school right after college.”

Tehama Lopez Bunyasi, PhD
Assistant Professor, George Mason University
RBSI Class of 2000