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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, 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.  AGEP award recipients are expected to participate in professional enrichment activities such as mentoring, tutoring, both research and professional development conferences, and attend all AGEP functions including the semester banquet.

Preferred Qualifications

The AGEP award recipient must be:

  • Enrolled in a STEM Ph.D. track degree granting graduate program at Purdue West Lafayette
  • A graduate student who has passed their qualifying exams
  • In good standing with their department
  • Aspiring to a career in higher education
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity or social justice through the views and experiences expressed in the diversity essay
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to mentorship

Application Process

Students must

  1. Fill out an application
  2. Submit an up to date curriculum vitae
  3. Submit a brief description of research not to exceed one page
  4. Complete an essay
  5. Meet with the AGEP Program Director if requested

 Selection Process

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

Applicants are evaluated based upon:

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity to the graduate student culture;
  • scholarly activities and abilities;
  • engagement within the university and community;
  • meeting the program preferred qualifications;

*Current scholars may be renewed by submitting an renewal application. Renewals will be at the discretion of the AGEP program director

Current AGEP students only need to fill out the application to have consideration for the renewal of AGEP scholar status and are exempt from the selection process and essay. The AGEP program director holds the decision whether a scholar is to be renewed based on a review of the scholars participation the previous semester.

Award Terms and Conditions

The award is granted each semester and preference will be given to students past their third year of graduate study. The amount of the award will be $1000 for the semester.

AGEP Scholar Application

AGEP Renewal Application

Application Essay Instructions


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 ABC Boot Camp, LSAMP and SROP. Get to know your AGEP Scholars, they have a wealth of resources.

AGEP Scholars - 2015

AGEP Scholars - 2014

AGEP Scholars - 2013

AGEP Scholars - 2012