Alliance Graduate Program: Alliance Graduate Mentors Faculty and Program Groups
The Alliance began
its existence as a program with an emphasis on the transition from
undergraduate education to graduate education. In keeping with this, the Alliance built a community
of Undergraduate Mentors -- math sciences faculty at institutions serving large numbers of
underrepresented undergraduate students. The number of these mentors have grown to over 180;
they represent more than 80 colleges and universities nationally. These Undergraduate Mentors select
Alliance Undergraduate Scholars, who are then eligible for Alliance activities. There are now more
than 400 past and present Undergraduate Scholars.
Building on this success and on the success of the Alliance Postdoc Program
, the Alliance has now begun to build a
graduate program. Experience has shown that the success of American doctoral students in STEM
fields, and especially those students from underrepresented backgrounds, depends in an essential
way on the climate and culture of the departments they attend. This fact has led organizations
such as GEM
to design their fellowship programs around departments and individual faculty who
have demonstrated that they have the knowledge and experience to build programs in which such
students thrive. We have modeled our Alliance graduate program on these organizations and, in so
doing, we have designated both individual and group Alliance faculty membership:
Alliance Graduate Mentors
These are math sciences graduate faculty members who are interested in mentoring
underrepresented doctoral students. They have made a commitment to mentor doctoral students
from underrepresented backgrounds and, beyond that, to work with other faculty in their department
as well as with other Alliance Graduate Faculty nationally to increase the number of students from
underrepresented backgrounds who will receive a doctoral degree in the math sciences. Such faculty
will be expected to participate in Alliance programs such as mentoring, developing collaborations
with REU programs and attending the annual Field of Dreams Conference. They also work within their
department to build or maintain an Alliance Departmental Graduate Program Group. Browse a list of all graduate mentors here.
Opportunities to learn about the Alliance
To maximize the impact of the Alliance we will have multiple opportunities for individuals and
departments to learn about our mission and programs. These opportunities will be widely publicized
via the Alliance website, the Math Sciences Institutes and through regular mailings to math sciences
The Alliance has partnered with the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) to offer a series
of biannual, weeklong workshops: Finding and Keeping Graduate Students in the Mathematical
The Alliance encourages faculty who are interested in becoming Alliance Graduate
Mentors to attend the annual Field of Dreams conference
Departments may invite someone from the Alliance leadership to make presentations on the
Alliance and its activities. Please contact the Alliance office at firstname.lastname@example.org
you are interested in such a visit.
Admissions Procedures for Becoming Alliance Faculty
Becoming an Alliance Graduate Mentor:
There are multiple ways that a faculty member
can qualify to become an Alliance Mentor. Examples include mentoring at least one graduate
student from an underrepresented background or participating in one or more of the Alliance
events described above.
Becoming an Alliance Departmental Graduate Program Group:
Faculty members who
have become familiar with the Alliance via the activities above will be encouraged to form a
GPG and to apply to the Alliance for membership. Such an application will include information
about the department as well as a statement from the perspective GPG, outlining its goals and
objectives as well as its strategy for obtaining these goals and objectives. The application also
needs a commitment from department leadership to support Alliance activities and programs.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
To apply to become an Alliance Graduate Mentor, an Alliance GPG or for further information, please
contact the Alliance Director, Phil Kutzko (email@example.com
The success of these applications will be determined by a committee consisting of Alliance faculty at
all levels as well as Alliance graduate students.
The success of Alliance programs depends in an essential way on the continuing commitment of its
faculty. For this reason, GPGs and Faculty Mentors will be given appointments of three years, after
which their status will be reviewed.
Benefits of Alliance Membership
A listing, including biographical information and research interests, will be provided for each
Alliance Graduate Faculty Mentor on the Alliance website. Click here to see example profiles.
Each departmental GPG will be provided a webpage on the Alliance website
webpage contains information about the department's graduate programs, and includes links
to the departmental website as well as to the GPG's Alliance Graduate Faculty listings.
Undergraduate Alliance Scholars will be encouraged to consider departments with GPGs as
well as Alliance Faculty Mentors for their graduate studies.
Alliance Faculty Mentors may nominate Alliance Graduate Scholars
Departments with GPGs will be eligible to host students with Alliance Graduate Fellowships
Our hope is to encourage many programs and departments to join the Alliance; indeed we hope all
universities adopt practices to increase the success of underrepresented students.
Alliance Departmental Graduate Program Groups
An Alliance Departmental Graduate Program Group (GPG) is a group of Alliance Graduate Faculty
Mentors in a math sciences department of sufficient size and seniority that they may successfully
mentor a significant number of graduate students from underrepresented groups. These GPGs share
the goal of ensuring that underrepresented students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in these
departments will thrive, and they have committed themselves to a set of best practices. An Alliance
Departmental Graduate Program Group will typically include at least 10% of the tenured faculty in
its department and should have the support of departmental leadership. One of the primary benefits
of being an Alliance Graduate Program Group is the eligibility to host students who hold Alliance
Graduate Fellowships. The Alliance maintains a webpage for each Alliance GPG. See below for information about the GPG's graduate programs and opportunities
The Alliance is eager to increase the number of its Graduate Faculty Mentors and works
to provide opportunities for math sciences graduate faculty nationally to become familiar
with Alliance goals and practices.
For further information, see the admissions section above for Admissions Procedures for Becoming Alliance Faculty.
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