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Texas A&M System to Help Minority Doctoral Candidates in STEM Fields with $2.8 Million NSF Grant

The Texas A&M University System has landed a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to design a model to help minority candidates advance through doctoral programs in STEM fields.

The TAMU System's Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, comprising Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Corpus Christie, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Prairie View A&M, "will work to improve success of minority graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in specific STEM disciplines or STEM-education research field," according to a news release.

Led by Karen Butler-Purry, interim vice president for research and associate provost for graduate and professional studies at Texas A&M University, the program will develop individualized plans for participating students as they move through their dissertations to postdoctoral scholarship and into faculty positions. Participants will gain opportunities related to networking, communication and job prep, as well as mentors and the chance to experience the academic culture at historically black colleges and universities and international schools.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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