See the list of the 2015-16 MPHD Graduates


Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program (MPHD)

The MPHD Program offers substantial scholarships and other forms of support to underrepresented minority students who are matriculated for a doctoral degree in engineering, the physical and natural sciences, or mathematics at a limited number of partner universities. Students must self-identify as African-American, Hispanic, or American Indian/Alaska Native, and be U.S. citizens.

Prospective Sloan Scholars at UCEM Institutions

The following institutions have been designated as Sloan University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM): Cornell University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; The Pennsylvania State University; University of California, San Diego; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, and University of South Florida, and have been awarded funds. All questions about the possibility and process by which prospective students may be considered to become Sloan Scholars and receive scholarship and other forms of support should be directed to the point(s) of contact at these University Centers. The table below provides contact information and the fields that are supported at each institution.


UCEM Schools & Disciplines

The following University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring are currently funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Program Director


Eligible Fields of Study


Cornell Univ Logo

Dr. Mark Lewis

Associate Dean for Engineering Diversity Programs


Agricultural & Life Sciences

Jami P. Joyner Director, Diversity Programs in Engineering

Georgia Tech Logo

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin

Professor, School of Aerospace Engineering


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Logo

Dr. Leslie A. Kolodziejski Professor of Electrical Engineering

Biological Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Mechanical Engineering

Gloria Anglon

Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives and MSRP

Penn State Logo

Dr. Fred S. Cannon

Professor, Environmental Engineering



Agricultural Sciences

Earth & Mineral Sciences

Information Sciences and Technology

Human Development

Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs

Dr. Stephanie D. Preston Senior Director
Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs

Georgia Tech Logo

Dr. Kim Barrett

Dean, Graduate Division

Jacobs School of Engineering

The Graduate Division

Division of Physical Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo

Dr. Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko

Dean of Graduate College

College of Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Physical and Mathematical Sciences)
Dr. Ellen Wang Althaus Director, Sloan UCEM at Illinois The Graduate School

Univ of Iowa logo

Dr. Phil Kutzko

Professor, Department of Mathematics

STEM fields

Dr. Colleen Mitchell Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics

Univ of South Florida

Dr. Jose Zayas-Castro

Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering


Marine Sciences

Mr. Bernard Batson Director, Diversity Programs
College of Engineering


Programs of Exemplary Mentoring

The Foundation has approved grants to certain disciplines at ten universities to catalyze programs to increase activity and success in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority doctoral students. The Sloan Foundation does not award funds to these institutions for scholarships to individual students. Funding provides for various forms of general programmatic support. To inquire about the programs and activities in Sloan-supported departments at a particular campus, see the table below.


Program Director



ASU logo

Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez

Director, Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center

Michigan State University Logo

Dr. Timothy Grotjohn

Chairperson and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Purdue Univ Logo

Dr. Dwight E. Lewis

Director, Multicultural Programs, Graduate School

Taxas A&M University Logo

Dr. Kevin Heinz

Asst. Provost, Graduate and Professional Studies

Dr. David Reed Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Development, Department of Horticultural Sciences

University of Arizona Logo

Dr. John Koshel

Associate Dean for Academic Programs,
Professor of Optical Sciences

Univ of Maryland Logo

Dr. Isabel K. Lloyd Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

University of Michigan Logo

Dr. Cagliyan Kurdak Director, Applied Physics

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Logo

Dr. Rodolfo Romanach Professor, Chemistry

University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Jennifer Brodbelt Professor, Department of Chemistry

Univ of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Edwin J. Barea-Rodriguez Chair, Department of Biology


Can Other Universities Become Part of the Sloan MPHD Program?

The Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program is not accepting new unsolicited applications to participate at this time.



Below are the forms for current Sloan MPHD scholars whose awards began in 2012-13 and prior years.

MPHD Payment/ Professional Travel Request
MPHD Academic Report
Graduate Contact Sheet

Below are the forms for current Sloan UCEM scholars whose awards began in 2013-14 and later years.

UCEM Spending Plan
UCEM Academic Report
UCEM Expenditure Report
Graduate Contact Sheet