Increasing Diversity in Academia is Aim of New Alliance with National Science Foundation

October 07, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin is participating in a three-and-a-half-year collaborative project with top research universities to increase the number of underrepresented minority faculty members in mathematics, physical and earth sciences, and engineering (MPESE) fields at research universities.

The project has been selected to become one of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), funded by the National Science Foundation. The alliance will provide underrepresented minority doctoral and postdoctoral students training opportunities to learn and network at partner institutions, conduct research exchange visits and develop resources for placement, hiring and advancement of these students into faculty positions. Underrepresented minority students include African Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islanders.

UT Austin will partner with the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, Harvard University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Previously, UT Austin participated in a pilot program called the California Alliance’s Research Exchange Program. The new alliance will expand the work of that initiative with the goal of creating a model for increasing diversity among faculty ranks nationwide.

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