Grants

Purdue University

To increase the number of indigenous Americans obtaining advanced degrees in STEM disciplines and to develop the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) as a national network

  • Amount $328,961
  • City West Lafayette, IN
  • Investigator Kevin Gibson
  • Initiative Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership
  • Year 2014
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups

This grant provides support to Purdue University for its administrative, organizational, and infrastructure costs associated with the continued operation of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP), a national network of four universities and university systems that aim to increase the number of indigenous Americans and Alaska Natives that obtain postgraduate degrees in STEM fields.  Over the next three years the SIGP institutions—Purdue University, University of Arizona, the University of Alaska (Anchorage and Fairbanks), and the University of Montana system (University of Montana, Montana Tech, and Montana State University)—plan to recruit 59 talented American Indian or Native Alaska students into STEM master’s programs and 20 students into STEM Ph.D. programs.  Grant funds will support SIGP partner institutions as they engage in various administrative and infrastructure-building activities over the next three years, including community-building; collection, sharing, and analysis of data on student outcomes and programmatic effectiveness; and the launch of a new intercampus student exchange program.  Scholarship funds for students supported through the SIGP program are provided through a separate grant to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

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