The purpose of the Alfred P. Sloan Graduate Scholarship Programs is to assist efforts to diversify the U.S. Ph.D. degree-holding workforce by increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented doctoral students in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially in fields where national trends document persistent underrepresentation. A secondary aim is to change the demographics of STEM faculty in U.S. colleges and universities by paying special attention to the preparation of doctoral students from underrepresented minorities (URM) for careers in academia.
There are two established scholarship programs: the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program (MPHD) and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP). Please see the individual web pages for further information on each.
The Foundation's scholarship programs are managed by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME).
Meet Steve Zambrano, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellow pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he plans to specialize in medical device and bioreactor design.
Steve's Ph.D. dissertation will be a partnership between Texas A&M University and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, concentrating on the development of bioreactor devices to recreate the mechanical environment in disease development, and therapeutic intervention.
Steve acknowledges that the Sloan funding has provided him the means to fulfill his dream of becoming a top-tier engineering researcher. "Without the Sloan program I quite literally would not be where I am now. However, more than just a 'check and a handshake', the program allowed me to participate in the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in October 2012. There I was able to present my ongoing research, learn about effective ways to present and grow my research, and discover different avenues for research funding. Since joining the program my learning experience has not been limited only to research; I have discovered an entire network of Sloan scholars and established relationships with them across disciplines and across the country."
In offering advice for students considering a major and/or degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Steve suggests, "Identify the people who inspire you, and find out what makes them tick; use their drive and combine it with your own because perseverance will be your ultimate tool to achieving success."
Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
The 2014 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring will be held October 30- November 2 at the Omni, CNN Center Atlanta, Georgia.
All Sloan Scholars are eligible to attend the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, a four-day conference that has become the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the country. Scholar attendance at the Institute is sponsored by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to the Institute's sponsor, The Compact for Faculty Diversity. Scholars are guaranteed support to attend the Institute twice over the course of their graduate school career.
The purpose of the Institute is to provide scholars with the skills necessary to succeed in graduate study and to prepare them for success as faculty members at colleges and universities. In addition, the Institute provides scholars and their faculty mentors with opportunities to share knowledge about research and academia, to meet other scholars and faculty from throughout the country, and to link to a larger community of scholars and faculty in various academic fields.
Programming is divided, in part, into tracks for students at varying periods, i.e. upon entering, near qualifying exams, at dissertation stage, early post-graduate. For general information about the Institute, click here, or watch the video about the Institute here. Interested scholars should contact their Program Director about attendance at the meeting.