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).
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The Compact for Faculty Diversity, host of the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, honored the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at its awards luncheon on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The Foundation was bestowed the award for fifteen years of partnership in providing support and opportunities to minority Ph.D., scholars and directors.
The Compact for Faculty Diversity is a partnership of regional, federal and foundation programs that focus on minority graduate education and faculty diversity. Both the Compact and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. Program share the goal of increasing the number of minority students who earn doctoral degrees and become college and university faculty.
A surprised and delighted Dr. Elizabeth S. Boylan, Program Director for STEM Higher Education, accepted the award on behalf of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Dr. Edwin J. Barea-Rodgriuez, Chair of the Department of Biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio was also presented with the Sloan Mentor of the Year Award at the luncheon. Dr. Barea-Rodriguez was nominated by Sloan MPHD Scholar, Enrique Sosa who is pursuing his Ph.D., degree in Biology. In his letter of nomination, Enrique writes, “I know that I’m only one of the many students here at UTSA that Dr. Barea-Rodriguez has influenced. His leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication serve as a reminder to all of us that with hard work and perseverance, we can all make it.”
Later in the evening, the Sloan Foundation hosted a reception at Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights for Sloan Directors and Faculty, honoring Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College. Dr. Tatum is retiring as President after more than a decade of service to Spelman College.
The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring is known as the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the country. This year more than 1,200 faculty and scholars attended the conference held in Atlanta, Ga.