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Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

What is AGEP?

The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative used to significantly increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees 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). Further information about AGEP and its role at NSF can be found at: http://www.agep.us/


AGEP at Purdue

Purdue University’s AGEP program has existed for over ten years, and our progression towards excellence continues. Our goal is to increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees and becoming faculty in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with special emphasis on those population groups underrepresented in these fields.

Midwest Crossroads Alliance

Purdue AGEP began in 2004 with our first National Science Foundation (NSF) AGEP grant. Purdue University, Indiana University and Northwestern University partnered to develop the Midwest Crossroads AGEP, with Purdue University being the lead alliance institution. A strategic plan was developed among these schools to increase enrollment, improve retention and prepare and encourage students to enter the academy. Recruiting, retention and enrichment activities were key elements of the Crossroads plan.

When the NSF grant ended, we continued to operate beyond the funding period and the crossroads activities and key elements were institutionalized. The AGEP program begins with the recruitment of the underrepresented graduate student.

Recruiting: Linkages and partnerships with the Indiana LSAMP, Purdue University Science Bound Program, regional undergraduate institutions, and predominantly minority serving institutions nationwide are being developed and enhanced. AGEP faculty, students and staff disseminate information on graduate school opportunities at Purdue University at national and regional conferences and campus visitation opportunities.

Retention: Student organizations are utilized to ensure that incoming graduate students have an instant peer network. We have a network of AGEP professors who are committed to graduating Ph.D. students. Summer transition experiences and numerous workshops/seminars to promote professorial development, along with networking opportunities, are being implemented.

Enrichment: AGEP will keep current to maintain awareness of best practices and innovation in faculty preparation and provide opportunities to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to enhance their skills and be marketable for faculty positions.


CIC AGEP-T Professorial Advancement Initiative (PAI)

The underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate programs is well known and remains an issue of national concern. Even more acute is the degree of underrepresentation of these racial and ethnic groups in STEM faculty positions in American institutions of higher learning, which impacts the ability of universities to attract and retain underrepresented minority students. The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) - a consortium that includes Purdue and 11 other Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago-was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) AGEP-Transformation (AGEP-T) grant titled “Professorial ADVANCEment Initiative (PAI) to address this problem. The CIC, partnered with AGEP will utilize the PAI to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) Postdocs entering the professoriate. The AGEP-T PAI will work to double the number of URM faculty members hired annually. This initiative includes twelve CIC universities who seek to increase URM faculty by 50% in the first year.

The programmatic goal of the AGEP-T PAI is to develop a high-quality mentoring network that will improve the transition of postdoctoral scholars into the professoriate in the STEM disciplines. Two objectives support this goal:

  • Create a pool of URM post-doctoral scholars prepared and trained to enter the academy as tenure track faculty.
  • Educate faculty and faculty search committees about unconscious bias and diversity hiring.

AGEP-T PAI Resources

New web-accessible resources have been developed that include:

Gateway to CIC Faculty Positions – which allows postdocs to search for faculty positions available within the CIC member institutions

Search Faculty Positions

The CIC Doctoral Directory – A searchable database listing PhD recipients to be promoted among CIC Universities

Enroll in the Directory

Search the Database



Purdue AGEP supports the following:

  • Bridge Students
  • Ph.D. AGEP Scholars
  • Post-Doctoral Scholars
  • Faculty Search Committees

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