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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does AGEP stand for and where can I find more information?


A: AGEP is the acronym representing Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. AGEP is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Human Resource Development.

The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program is intended to increase significantly the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), 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.
National Science Foundation's AGEP website

Q: Are there other AGEPs?

A: Yes. There are 23 other AGEP programs throughout the United States. http://www.nsfagep.org/

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL have partnered to develop the Midwest Crossroads AGEP with Purdue being the lead alliance.

Q: What is STEM?

A: STEM is the acronym established by National Science Foundation denoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The STEM fields are the focus areas for AGEP programs.

Q: What fields of study are supported by the National Science Foundation?

A: Here is a list of supported STEM fields: List of NSF supported fields .

Q: Who can participate in this program?

A: Student programs are open to all who support increasing the numbers and diversity of domestic students completing their graduate degrees (masters or doctoral).