About AGEP

manBoardBoston University joins the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, to form the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. In 2005, five new Alliance members joined the alliance, including the University of Connecticut, the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Vermont. The NEA partners with five historically minority-serving institutions (Bennett College, Jackson State University, Lincoln University, Medgar Evers College, and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez) to share ideas and build strategies to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in graduate education.

The NEAGEP Program Office is a resource for the University community to assist with promoting access to graduate programs in science, mathematics and engineering for underrepresented minorities. In cooperation with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the NEAGEP Office also manages the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. AGEP assists members of the University community with promoting activities aimed at graduate recruitment for underrepresented populations as well as serving as a central source for information about such activities on a University-wide basis.

An initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program seeks to increase significantly the number of Black (African-American), Hispanic and American Indian/Alaskan Native (Native American) students receiving doctoral degrees in all disciplines funded by NSF. Specific objectives of the AGEP Program are to:

  • develop and implement innovative models for recruiting, mentoring, and retaining minority students in doctoral programs
  • develop effective strategies for identifying and supporting underrepresented minorities who want to pursue academic careers.

To learn more about NEAGEP and our activities at BU, please explore this site or contact us (agep@bu.edu).