Program Description

The AGEP program at Purdue began as a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative that was institutionalized and is now housed in the Graduate School. Throughout the history of AGEP, the goal has remained consistent: to significantly increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees and becoming faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, with special emphasis on those population groups underrepresented in these fields (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders). AGEP has focused primarily on recruitment, retention and enrichment, with a special effort on the creation of a supportive community for our graduate students.