Whether pursuing an occupation in medicine, science, or engineering that requires an advanced degree for licensure or certification, or studying in another subject for which a graduate degree is voluntary, graduates can expect to eventually see the benefits of their decision in the long term. Workers with a master’s degree out-earn those with only a bachelor’s degree by an average of $12,000 a year. Additionally, though it may take some time and is contingent upon factors such as work experience, students with advanced qualifications also enjoy lower unemployment rates and may experience greater job growth in their field of choice after graduation.
Melissa Harris-Perry (2001–02) is a professor at Tulane University, a columnist for the Nation , author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America , and former host of The Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC. Kimberly Ennico-Smith Kimberly Ennico-Smith (1997-98) is a staff scientist with NASA working in Space Science and Astrophysics at the Ames research center in California. She served as deputy project scientist for NASA’s New Horizons Mission , the historic project responsible for capturing unprecedented photos of Pluto. Vanzetta Penn McPherson Vanezetta Penn McPherson (1973-74) grew up in the South, during a time that “produced some of the most significant social innovations.” Influenced by civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Penn McPherson used her fellowship to study at Columbia Law School. She went on to fight for the rights of minorities and women in her private practice and as a United States magistrate judge for the Middle District of Alabama until she retired in 2006. In what the HistoryMakers , an oral archive of African American history, calls “one of [her] most notable rulings,” McPherson ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in a promotion discrimination case brought by women teaching in Alabama colleges. And more Several American Fellows served as college or university presidents, including Rhoda M. Dorsey (1953–54) at Goucher College, Hanna Holborn Gray (1954–55) at the University of Chicago, Mary Maples Dunn (1957–58) at Smith College, and Nannerl O. Keohane (1966–67) at Duke University.