Introductory Note from Paxton Quigley, daughter of Hymen Milgrom

Dear friends,

During his life, the late Hymen Milgrom donated substantially towards improving urban education, most significantly through the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago, a program that has since then progressed to a large scale with federal funding. The Milgrom family has now decided to honor our father by using his bequest to the University of Chicago to support research on education in Chicago and other large urban centers. More specifically, the aim of this project is to conduct research that will help schools become more effective in fostering the skills, dispositions, and experiences that are essential for success in the modern labor market.

To this end, the Milgrom family formed the Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization (HMSO) that is now soliciting proposals for research. The 2015 Request for Proposals, available on this web site, describes the need for the research that the HMSO will fund in 2015, the research topics that will be eligible for funding, who may apply for funding, the likely duration and level of support for funded projects, the process by which proposals will be reviewed, and the deadlines for submitting proposals.


Paxton Quigley, daughter of Hymen Milgrom

About Successful Pathways from School to Work

Successful Pathways from School to Work is a new initiative by the Committee on Education to support inquiry and problem solving concerning how to improve education to better prepare urban youth to succeed in the modern labor market.  The initiative supports innovative research across a range of disciplines and spanning the life course from infancy to young adulthood, bringing together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to address the urgent problem of improving the academic preparation of youth in Chicago and other major cities.  Its goals are:

  • To PROMOTE fostering the skills that are most essential for labor market success
  • To DISCOVER more effective ways of motivating persistent, reliable effort to attend school, complete work on time, progress from grade to grade, accumulate credits, and graduate
  • To EXPAND available information and experiences that enable youth to envision and successfully carry out post-secondary plans of action that lead to stable, productive employment
  • To CLARIFY the malleable factors which contribute, at each stage of the life course, to a successful transition from school to work

Successful Pathways from School to Work is funded by the Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization and supported by the Division of the Social Sciences.

Latest News and Announcements

New research effort aims to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students

Successful Pathways seeks project proposals from grad students

by Jann Ingmire

Motivating eighth-graders from a disadvantaged neighborhood to build the skills needed for success is the focus of a new pilot program starting this month as part of the Successful Pathways from School to Work initiative. This study is just one of several research projects funded last year by the initiative. Requests for proposals for 2015 funding are being accepted through the end of April.

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2015 RFP Available Now

We are pleased to announce the release of our 2015 Request for Proposals.  Brief "letters of interest" are due April 30, 2015. For the 2015 competition, the HMSO invites proposals from graduate students only, for a range of study types. We are especially interested in innovations occurring in preschool and public elementary and secondary school settings that can promote successful pathways from public schools to the labor market.

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Major Gift Funds Research on the Path from School to Work

By Jann Ingmire

January 30, 2014

A major new research initiative at the University of Chicago will examine and develop ways in which public education can help urban children become more highly skilled and more successful as adults.

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Obama to Offer $100 Million Job Skills Education Plan

The need to better prepare urban youth for the labor market is a major policy issue of urgent national concern. The Obama administration has recently acknowledged this with a new grant competition aimed at encouraging high schools to create innovative programs that prepare students with industry-relevant skills.   


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