Florida Alliance for Graduate Education in the Professoriate (FL-AGEP)

 FL AGEP Diversity

The Florida Alliance for Graduate Education in the Professoriate (FL-AGEP) is s a collaborative research model among the University of South Florida, an urban public research university; Florida International University, an urban Hispanic-serving research university (HSI); and Bethune Cookman University, Florida A&M University, and Florida Memorial University, three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


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The project’s overall goal is to develop, implement, study, evaluate, disseminate, and sustain a Florida AGEP Alliance centered on increasing the number and successful outcomes of women of color doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars, and early-career faculty in the state of Florida. The objectives of the FL-AGEP Alliance are:


Objective 1: Develop an alliance model that supports stage-appropriate transitions and advancement of women of color in STEM as faculty.

Objective 2: Implement a programmatic model that includes: annual research bootcamps, online mentoring, annual research symposia, and longitudinal faculty development opportunities across alliance institutions.

Objective 3: Study and refine the model and its key design components for doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career faculty.

The FL-AGEP Alliance will also disseminate research and sustain a national model in Florida which can be replicated in other areas to increase and enhance strategies to recruit and retain minority women in STEM within the professoriate. Our partnership combines efforts to provide a structured mentoring and professional development program model that facilitates the transition and advancement of doctoral, post-doctoral, and early-career faculty women of color in STEM.

FL-AGEP participants are advanced doctoral, post-doctoral, and early-career women of color faculty, along with senior scholars (tenured faculty) who will learn new strategies for advising and mentoring these individuals, constituting an overall impact of 300 STEM-engaged individuals.

What is NSF AGEP?

Research BootCamp

The FL-AGEP Alliance offers to eligible doctoral, post-doctoral, and early career faculty women of color in STEM the opportunity to participate in the FL-AGEP Research BootCamp. The five-day intensive virtual bootcamp is modeled after the Sisters of The Academy (SOTA) Signature Research BootCamp. Participants experience one-on-one mentoring with a Senior Scholar and professional development activities. 

Research Symposium 

All eligible participants of the FL-AGEP Alliance Research BootCamps are invited to participate in the FL-AGEP Research Symposia. Take advantage of the opportunity to present your research, network, and seek opportunities for employment at the FL-AGEP Alliance institutions. 

Visit flagep.eng.usf.edu to apply for the FL-AGEP Research BootCamp and Research Symposia.

 FLAGEP Research Symposium

Project Contacts

Dr. Sylvia Thomas, Interim Vice President for Research and Professor of Electrical Engineering, USF FL-AGEP PI
Dr. Saundra Johnson Austin, USF Project Coordinator

FL-AGEP is funded by the National Science Foundation AGEP Awards under grants to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) HRD-2055302 with University of South Florida (USF) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT), Florida Memorial University (FMU) HRD-1916044, Bethune Cookman University (BCU) HRD-1916068, and Florida International University (FIU) HRD-1916094. Award Abstract #

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