University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring


State Sloan Scholar Oralia Garcia celebrates with her family upon receiving her Ph.D. in biobehavioral health from Pennsylvania State University.

Program Goal

To support university-based efforts that seek to advance systemic change in STEM graduate education


The University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) theory of change posits that through financial support, strong mentoring, supportive community, and institutional commitment, students in STEM can thrive and institutions can change graduate science and engineering education in ways that make it more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable for all.


The Foundation currently supports eight University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring at the following institutions. The Foundation is not seeking further UCEM partners at this time.

Day-to-day operations of the program are administered by the Foundation's longtime partner, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).


The Foundation is not seeking to create new University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring at this time.

This program does not award scholarships or fellowships directly to students. Graduate students interested in acquiring funding through the program should inquire with one of our UCEM partners about relevant processes, eligibility, etc.

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