Collaborative Research: The Texas A&M System AGEP Alliance: A Model to Advance Historically Underrepresented Minorities in the STEM Professoriate

The Texas A&M System AGEP Alliance is a collaboration between four leading Texas Universities [The Texas A&M University (TAMU) College Station, TAMU Corpus Christi, TAMU Kingsville and Prairie View A&M University] to develop, implement, and study a model of STEM doctoral degree completion and the transition to successful postdoctoral fellowships and faculty careers for historically underrepresented minorities.

The participants of the  Alliance include women and men who are either African American, Hispanic American or Native American and who are majoring in the fields of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Marine Biology, and Wildlife Science.

The model development, implementation, and testing, focuses on a unique set of interventions, including 

  1. using individualized development plans for participants as they transition from dissertator to postdoctoral scholar to faculty;
  2. providing participants with professional development opportunities related to communication, writing, networking and job preparation/transition;
  3. supporting participants with mentors at the institutional and field-specific expert levels; and
  4. offering participants opportunities to experience academic culture and activities at historically black colleges and universities.

The integrated research will address the effects of stigmatization on male and female adults who are non-STEM and STEM African Americans and Hispanic Americans.

The TxARM AGEP Alliance is funded by a $2,746,911 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Funding Sources: NSF 1723255, 1723260, 1723165, and 1723253

"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation  under Award No. 1723255, 1723260,1723165, and 1723253. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."

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