At many higher ed institutions, graduate students toil in relative obscurity despite the heavy lifting they do when it comes to teaching and research. Some graduate students have well-developed vitaes well before they successfully defend their doctoral dissertations and thus are already making a substantial impact on the academy years before they qualify for a tenure-track position.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education is pleased to present our inaugural class of Rising Graduate Scholars, calling attention to the stellar work of rising stars among the ranks of hard-working graduate students. On the following pages you will read the stories of graduate students truly making a difference in the academy, and beyond. We thank all who responded to our call for nominations and choosing 10 out of the many outstanding nominations we received was a difficult task. But we hope you will be as pleased as we were to read the stories of graduate students with so much promise.