The Florida Alliance for Graduate Education in the Professoriate (FL-AGEP) is 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 & Universities (HBCUs).

The project’s overall goal is to develop, implement, study, evaluate, disseminate, and sustain a Florida alliance centered on increasing the number and successful outcomes of minority women 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 minority women 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 minority women in STEM.

FL-AGEP participants are advanced doctoral, post-doctoral, and early-career minority women 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.

Program Contacts

Dr. Lidia Kos, Associate Dean, University Graduate School; Professor, Biological Sciences (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Deidra Hodges, Department Chair, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Alla Mirzoyan, Director, Training and Fellowships, University Graduate School

Funded By the National Science Foundation: Award Abstract #1916094