Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Grant to Help University Increase Number of Minorities Completing Doctoral Studies in Energy & Sustainability

KINGSVILLE - January 23, 2014

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve as part of a Texas A&M University System alliance that will increase the numbers of underrepresented minority graduate students transitioning to faculty positions in the fields of energy and sustainability. 

The alliance includes five Texas A&M University System doctoral-granting institutions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and West Texas A&M University and six additional collaborating institutions, including Tarleton State University, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M-San Antonio, Texas A&M-Texarkana, and Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

The alliance has been awarded approximately $1.2 million over 42 months by the NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program to open multiple pathways to the doctoral studies and academic careers for underrepresented minority populations.

The NSF funding will allow the alliance to operate as one cohesive unit to share resources and existing infrastructure, collaborate on research and mentor doctoral students.

 “We are excited for being selected for this award,” said Dr. Linda Challoo, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies, who serves as the principal investigator from A&M University-Kingsville for this NSF funding.  Co-principal investigators for the grant are Drs. Rajab Challoo, Alvaro Martinez and Jennifer Ren from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering and Dr. Shad Nelson from the Dick & Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.

The National Science Foundation’s AGEP program is committed to the national goal of increasing the numbers of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, including under-represented minorities with disabilities entering and completing graduate education and postdoctoral training .

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