AGEP Scholars

Program Description

The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) award provides support to students who have made a commitment to support the principles of diversity in the STEM fields. The AGEP program is intended to significantly increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees in the physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, biological sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with special emphasis on those population groups underrepresented in these fields (e.g., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders). In addition, AGEP is particularly interested in increasing the number of minorities who will enter the professoriate in these disciplines. Specific objectives of the AGEP program are (1) to develop and implement innovative models for recruiting, mentoring, and retaining underrepresented domestic students in STEM doctoral programs, and (2) to develop effective strategies for identifying and supporting underrepresented domestic students who want to pursue academic careers.


The AGEP award recipient must be:

  • Enrolled full time (minimum of 3 credit hours) in a STEM (as defined by NSF) Ph.D. graduate program at Purdue West Lafayette
  • A graduate from a U.S. High School
  • A graduate student who has passed their qualifying exams
  • In good standing with their department (letter of recommendation from faculty advisor required)
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity or social justice through the views and experiences expressed in the diversity essay
  • Work station must be at Purdue West Lafayette campus in order to participate in AGEP activities

Application Process

Students must

  • Fill out an application
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae
  • Submit a brief description of research (not to exceed one page)
  • Submit a one page diversity essay
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from faculty advisor
  • Meet with the AGEP Program Director if requested

Essay Directions (respond to this statement in a one page essay)

Describe your leadership, work, volunteer, and any other experience with diversity and/or social justice issues, which can include experience working with underrepresented minorities. Describe how these experiences foster a culture of enhanced direction, experience, and ideas in scholarship and research.

 Selection Process

The student’s application is reviewed by a committee composed of the AGEP Program Director, staff, faculty partners, and a minimum of one graduate student.

Applicants are evaluated based upon:

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity amongst the graduate student culture
  • Scholarly activities and abilities
  • Engagement within the university and community
  • Meeting the program qualifications

 Application Renewal Process

Current scholars may renew their AGEP scholar status by submitting a renewal application form and current letter of recommendation from faculty advisor (all other application materials are exempt).  Approval of renewal is based in part on the scholar’s previous contributions to the AGEP program and participation in AGEP activities in addition to at least three professional development activities.

 Award Terms and Conditions

AGEP award recipients must be enrolled for a minimum of three credit hours in a doctoral research graduate program in the physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, biological sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. Awardees must be in good standing in the graduate school and must participate in at least three professional development enrichment activities in addition to 1-2 hours per week of mentoring and tutoring activities. Scholars must also attend AGEP functions including the semester banquet. The amount of the award is $1000 for the semester.

Application deadlines

Scholars must apply each semester for the AGEP award. The application deadlines are as follows:

  • December 1

  • April 1

  • July 1

AGEP Scholars serve as peer mentors for new incoming graduate and undergraduate students. They assist students with questions, course work and provide tutorial assistance whenever possible. Scholars exist in the colleges of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics. In addition, they participate in and conduct career development workshops, AGEP activities and workshops for Purdue Bound, LSAMP and SROP. Get to know your AGEP Scholars, they have a wealth of resources.

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