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The Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) at UMass Amherst sponsors a number of activities to address the shortage of U.S. students, particularly underrepresented minority students, who receive Ph.D.s in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and become professors. NEAGEP works closely with Partner and other institutions to encourage and prepare students for graduate work. Students accepted into STEM programs at UMass Amherst are offered financial support and supportive mentoring to ensure that their graduate school experiences are rewarding. Students in this program are encouraged to consider entering the professoriate once they have received their Ph.D.

To achieve our goal of increasing diversity in STEM disciplines, NEAGEP at UMass Amherst provides the following resources to students and faculty members:

Recruiting and Capacity Building

  • A fully staffed NEAGEP recruitment and retention unit within the Graduate School
  • Funds for UMass Amherst faculty and graduate students to recruit at other institutions
  • Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
  • Post-baccalaureate one-year NEAGEP Internships
  • Partner Institution Summer Residencies at UMass Amherst

Graduate Student Support

  • Stipend and fellowship support through the entire graduate career
  • Monthly formal and informal mentoring activities
  • Funds for student travel to professional meetings
  • NEA Science Day, a meeting for minority graduate students and their mentors from all Alliance Institutions
  • Inter-institutional professional development programs within NEAGEP

Graduate Program Support

  • Funds to bring in prospective minority students for interviews
  • Funds to host minority seminar speakers
  • Support for discipline-specific UMass Amherst Recruiting Weekends

NEAGEP Internship Program

  • Students who have graduated and participated in the NEA Summer Program for Undergraduate Research at UMass Amherst are eligible to apply for admission to the UMass Amherst NEAGEP Internship Program.
  • During the Fall term, interns take graduate level courses or courses to prepare them for graduate school and they work in the laboratories of faculty mentors. They receive a stipend and the program pays tuition, health insurance and most fees.
  • If interns perform satisfactorily in the laboratory and in classwork, their contracts will be renewed through the next semester and the summer. They are expected to apply to graduate school during the fall semester of the program. They will also participate in mentoring and professional development programs.
  • For more information about the internship, contact Marlina Duncan, NEAGEP Program Director.

NEAGEP Fellowship Program

  • NEAGEP Fellowship Program available now at UMass Amherst.
  • Download the Fellowship Application.

STEM Departments

  • Animal Science
  • Astronomy
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Entomology
  • Food Science
  • Forestry & Wood Technology
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Neuroscience & Behavior
  • Organismic & Evolutionary Biology
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant & Soil Sciences
  • Polymer Science & Engineering
  • Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation

Download the Graduate Studies and NEAGEP Travel Application

Information/Opportunities from National AGEP

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Helpful Links

NEAGEP Summer Programs

IGERTS (Integrated Graduate Education & Research Traineeship)