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Collaborative Initiatives

The Office of Graduate Studies and the Center for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students in graduate school, with successful degree completion and postdoctoral plans. In an effort to increase the number of underrepresented students in the pipeline, we have partnered with initiatives around the country to provide our students with broader opportunities. Below is a brief description of those Collaborative Initiatives.

McNair Scholars Directory

The McNair Scholars Directory is designed to provide graduate schools with access to McNair Scholars who have expressed an interest in pursuing graduate studies and contains records of recent graduates, seniors, and rising seniors. The Directory includes McNair Scholars’ names, contact information, undergraduate majors, areas of interest for graduate study (AIGS, based on GRE taxonomy codes), and undergraduate research projects. 

National Name Exchange

Founded in 1976, the National Name Exchange is a consortium of fifty-five nationally-known universities which annually collect and exchange the names of their talented but underrepresented ethnic minority students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year of their undergraduate education. The purpose of the Exchange is to ensure that participating universities continue to identify a pool of qualified students who could be recruited to the graduate programs at these institutions.

The National GEM Consortium

The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science.