Howard G. Adams, PhD

Howard G. Adams, Ph.D.

Dr. Howard G. Adams is Founder and President of H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc. Adams is a leading expert on mentoring and mentorship program development and has written, lectured, and consulted extensively on mentoring as an effective strategy for career, educational, and personal and professional development. He is a sought after keynote speaker and  seminar presenter, having spoken at over 800 colleges and universities, numerous national conferences, and conducted training for a number of fortune 500 companies.

Adams is the author and coauthor of fifteen self-help guides and handbooks. Titles among these are: Negotiating the Graduate School Process: A Guide for Minority Students, 1985; Techniques for Effective Undergraduate Mentoring (co-authored),1993; Focusing on the Campus Milieu: A Guide for Enhancing the Graduate School Climate, 1993; Mentoring for Professional Development: Mentor/Protégé Orientation Guide, (co-authored), 1998; Recruiting Graduate Students: Implementing the Key “R” of Recruiting, 1998; Mentoring: A How-To Guide for Those Interested in Initiating a Mentoring Relationship, 2002; Mastering the Ph.D. Process: Tips for Surviving and Excelling in a Doctoral Program, 2003; The Internship Guide: A Blueprint for Successfully Managing the Internship Experience, 2003; Networking; The Art of Meeting and Greeting People, 2003 (co-authored) and The Undergraduate Research Experience: Examining Roles, Responsibilities, Strategies and Actions for Forming Effective Mentorship Alliances, 2004. Adams has authored three books, Get Up With Something On Your Mind: Lessons for Navigating Life, 2002, offers some essential for living a successful and productive life; Family Wisdom, 2006, traces his ancestral family roots from the 1700 to the present; and his latest book, Career Management 101: A  Primer for Career and Life Goal Planning, 2008, provides critical insights, skills, and tools to plan ones career and life to move ahead and enjoy the journey.

In 1989 President Ronald Reagan named Adams to the US Congressional Task Force on Women, Minorities and the Handicapped in Science & Technology. In 1996, Adams was named by President Clinton as one of the first recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Mentoring. He was named a “Virginia Hero” by the Virginia Heroes, Inc. in 1996; named a “20th Century Outstanding Educator” by Black Issues in Higher Education in 1999; and The National Society of Black Engineers awarded Adams its Golden Torch Award “Lifetime Achievement in Academia” in 2002. Adams was selected a “2004 Distinguished Alumnus” of Historical Black Colleges and Universities by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and he was named an “2004 Alumni Star” by the School of Science and Technology, Norfolk State University. In 2006 he received the QEM Catalyst in STEM award for “Broadening Participation and Effectiveness Mentoring in STEM.”

From 1978 to 1994 Adams served as Executive Director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), headquartered at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. Prior to joining GEM, Adams served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Norfolk State University. Adams holds a B.Sc. from Norfolk State University, M.S. from Virginia State University and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.


"Howard G. Adams, PhD presents..."


"Career Corner" Counseling at Scientific Meetings

  • Experimental Biology meetings
  • ABRCMS meetings


Seminar Presentations

  • Networking: A Required Life Skill
  • Making the Case for Graduate School
  • Get Up With Something on Your Mind! Strategic Thinking about Success
  • Fundamentals for Managing the Postdoctoral Experience
  • Annual Strategic Planning Tips for Junior Faculty and Post-Docs
  • Goal Setting, Prioritizing, Time Management
  • What You Seek is What You Get
  • Professionalism for Students in Today's World
  • Naviagting Graduate Work Protocol/Milestones/Requirements
  • Overcoming Communications Barriers in the Grad Research Lab
  • Developing/Writing the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal