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Oct. 14, 2011
Contact: Cydney Archie
Cockrell presents doctoral research in Washington
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Dr. Phillip Cockrell, director of student life at Mississippi University for Women, recently presented his doctoral research at the Council of Opportunity in Education 30th Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C.
Cockrell was one of 11 participants chosen to present his research at the conference held in September and was encouraged to attend by his dissertation chairperson.
“Being able to present my research was such an honor, and it provided me with an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact Upward Bound programs have on first generation college students and how the program aids in the success of these students,” Cockrell said.
His research topic was “The Perceptions of First Generation, Low-Income, African-American College Students on the Impact of Upward Bound Programs−Summer Bridge Programs on Their First Semester Experience.”
“I chose my research topic because Upward Bound contributed to my success as a college student. I participated in Upward Bound throughout high school and the Summer Bridge Program which introduced me to college level courses and provided me with resources to be successful throughout college,” he said.
Cockrell conducted his research during his doctoral study at Jackson State University where he earned his Ph.D. in urban higher education in August. Cockrell earned his masters in educational leadership−student affairs administration in 2005 from Florida International University. He also received his bachelor of science in family studies at Mississippi University for Women in 2003.
He serves as the graduate advisor for the Alpha Omicron Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and advisor for the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Student Programming Board and the Young Black Leadership Association.