Purdue University

To recruit, support, and graduate Indigenous students earning graduate degrees in STEM disciplines through the consortial efforts of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP)

  • Amount $383,754
  • City West Lafayette, IN
  • Investigator Kevin Gibson
  • Initiative Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership
  • Year 2017
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups

Funds from this grant support efforts to coordinate activities between the four campus systems of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP): the University of Arizona, Purdue University, the University of Alaska (Anchorage and Fairbanks), and the Montana University System (University of Montana, Montana State University, and Montana Tech). Goals for the SIGP over the three year grant period include recruitment of 20 new Native American Ph.D. students and 59 Native American M.S. students, an increase in the visibility of SIGP as a national resource for institutions seeking to improve Native American graduate student success in STEM fields; growth in the number of faculty (Native and non-Native) who are knowledgeable about the best practices for mentoring Native students, maintenance of high retention and graduation rates for students in the program, and improved engagement and presence of the SIGP on social media.  Grant funds support administrative and programmatic expenses associated with these goals. Funds for student scholarships over this period are provided through a separate grant to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).

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