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Graduate Program Group Information

The Math Alliance is a community of math sciences faculty and students with the following goals:

  1. To increase the number of doctoral degrees in the mathematical sciences among  groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in those fields.

  2. To improve placement of students from these groups in doctoral programs in disciplines that recruit undergraduate mathematics majors.

  3.  To increase the number of Ph.D.s from these groups who enter the professoriate in the mathematical sciences as well as other appropriate professions.

  4. To increase funded research collaborations among faculty members at the universities with mathematical sciences doctoral programs and faculty members at colleges and universities focused on undergraduate students.

  5. To foster the growth of a community of mathematical scientists that promotes a diverse workforce.


What is a Graduate Program Group?

A Math Alliance Departmental Graduate Program Group (GPG) is a group of Math Alliance Graduate Faculty Mentors in a mathematical or statistical sciences department of sufficient size (typically at least 15% of the faculty) and seniority that they may successfully mentor a significant number of graduate students from underrepresented groups.

The Higher Education Act defines the term “minority” as an American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin), Pacific Islander, or other ethnic group underrepresented in science and engineering.”

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.  See a list of our current GPG's.


Is Your Department Interested in Becoming a GPG?

To become a Math Alliance Graduate Program Group (either Masters Program Group – MPG or Doctoral Program Group – DPG), we ask that you commit to supporting best practices for recruiting, mentoring, and supporting graduate students from underrepresented groups, including conducting holistic admissions reviews and minimizing the role of the GRE in that process. We also expect our MPGs and DPGs to uphold the values and goals of the Alliance, including engaging in a supportive mentoring program that is aimed at student success. 


Ready to Apply?

If you agree to abide by these expectations, apply here: GPG application.  If you are unsure that you are able to abide by these best practices, please contact David Goldberg to discuss your GPG application further.


Sample Mentoring Plans

Below are some sample mentoring plans provided by a few of our current GPG's: