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College of Education Professor Named a Top “Under 40” Scholar by Diverse Magazine.

Written by Dean Forbes
Photography by Courtesy of SU College of Education
January 26, 2017

Research and scholarship on how to improve minority college students success in STEM fields, as well as how colleges can do a better job promoting that success, has earned Seattle University Assistant Professor Thai –Huy Nguyen recognition as a top “under 40” educator by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.  Nguyen is in his second academic year at Seattle U in the College of Education, where he teaches graduate courses in the student development administration program.

In today’s edition, Diverse profiles 12 “under 40” scholars from around the country who are making their mark in the academy through teaching, research and service. Diverse editors selected honorees from a pool of candidates recommended by various scholars, department chairs, university public information officers, and others. Each scholar is selected based on research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study and uniqueness of field of study. The magazine’s profile of Nguyen can be found on page 15 of the digital version.

Nguyen’s research focuses on minority student achievement and how colleges can promote it, especially those with significant minority student enrollment.  This path was partly influenced by a childhood growing up poor with single mother who was a Vietnam refugee. He credits his mother with finding him the best schools he could attend.

While at the University of Pennsylvania prior to coming to SeattleU, Nguyen was co-principal investigator of a privately-funded grant that examined the success of black colleges in graduating students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. He is co-author of a forthcoming book, Making Black Scientists, which is under contract with Harvard University Press, that represents the concluding stage of the study and which will examine what other colleges can learn from the success of black schools.

Nguyen, 33, is also a co-principal investigator and lead educational researcher for a new $5 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to Seattle Colleges to support its “Ready! Set! Transfer!”  program that provide scholarships and other support for talented, low-income students pursuing careers and transfer associate degrees in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, nanotechnology, oceanography, and physics.

The Master's Degree in Student Development Administration at Seattle U is designed for people who want to work with college students outside of the formal classroom. Student development specialties include college admissions, career development, student housing, academic advising, student activities, financial aid, student union, recreational sports, new student programs, advising for international students and domestic students of color, along with a variety of other specialized educational programs.

Diverse published its first Emerging Scholars edition in 2002 when it was called Black Issues in Higher Education. It has remained one of the magazine’s most popular editions since its inception.