National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.

To support a new Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) program at Duke University (combining $700,000 in new funding with $300,000 in unspent NACME funds)

  • Amount $700,000
  • City White Plains, NY
  • Investigator Michele Lezama
  • Year 2017
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

This award provides for the establishment of a new University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) to be hosted at Duke University. The heart of the Foundation’s longstanding Minority PhD program, UCEMs are campus-based initiatives that provide scholarships, faculty and peer mentoring, professional development activities, and seminars and other resources aimed at promoting underrepresented minority students’ (URMs’) successful completion of graduate study. The Duke University UCEM will encompass nine science and engineering departments: chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistical science, biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering and materials science. Over the three-year grant period, 30 minority graduate students will be supported with $40,000 awards over and above their standard graduate student support packages, half from Sloan grant funds and half from Duke matching funds. In addition, UCEM faculty and administrators will enhance and expand their minority outreach, aiming for a 20% increase in URM applications and at least a 10% increase in URM matriculants to the UCEM-participating programs over the life of the grant. Other funded activities include a coordinated set of professional development and support activities for supported students, including mentorship, seminars, and networking opportunities.

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