Endorsements

Domenique Lumpkin

Domenique Lumpkin

Why did you choose AGEP?

I chose AGEP to build lasting relationships with underrepresented minority (URM) doctoral students across different areas and to receive information about how to have a successful graduate school career. The financial support as a scholar and the additional support to attend conferences has enabled me to disseminate my research in England and Germany.

What was the best thing about the program?

Mentoring younger students such as LSAMP and Purdue Bound students. These brilliant, inquisitive students remind me that life is full of endless possibilities and they renew my passion for research and grand-challenge problem-solving. In return, I try to provide guidance about how to navigate undergrad, research and their postundergrad careers.

What did you gain from the program?

Complementary to the benefits listed previously, the most meaningful benefit is the enriching environment for professional and social development with other doctoral URM students. For example, a fellow AGEP scholar gave a seminar about “How to Cultivate and Maintain a Positive Relationship with your Advisor,” which was useful because the student-advisor relationship is critical to a graduate student career. Similarly, the annual pumpkin carving was the first time I carved a pumpkin! The program facilitates an atmosphere for scholars to relax and grow socially outside of our routines.

What is your advice to other students considering AGEP?

Apply! The initial time investment will return as social and wealth capital invaluable to achieving your short- and long-term goals.

Fernando Tormos

Fernando Tormos

Why did you choose AGEP?

AGEP is an opportunity to be part of a community of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds who share an aspiration to make our research relevant for the betterment of society.

What was the best thing about the program?

AGEP has allowed me to engage in interdisciplinary scientific communication, pushing me to make my research intelligible to a wide, nonexpert audience. Most importantly, I’ve had the rewarding opportunity to mentor aspiring graduate students.

What did you gain from the program?

I’ve gained entry into a dense network of scholars committed to social justice, diversity, and inclusion, and the development of research that enables us to address societal issues.

What is your advice to other students considering AGEP?

Be ready for opportunity.