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Michigan AGEP Alliance. Program Highlights Dr. Alec Gallimore, Co-PI Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Aerospace Engineering Associate Dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies The University of Michigan. Michigan AGEP Alliance (MAA). Institutions Michigan State University (MSU)

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Michigan agep alliance

Michigan AGEP Alliance

Program Highlights

Dr. Alec Gallimore, Co-PI

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Associate Dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

The University of Michigan

Michigan agep alliance maa
Michigan AGEP Alliance (MAA)


Michigan State University (MSU)

University of Michigan (UM)

Wayne State University (WSU)

Western Michigan University (WMU)

Notable programs
Notable Programs

  • AGEP Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Mentoring

    • AGEP Scholars Mentoring Program

    • MORE (Mentoring Others Results in Excellence)

  • HBCU Outreach

  • AGEP Community Building

  • MAA Conferences

  • Recruitment

  • Mega Midwest AGEP Conference (with other alliances)

Postdoctoral fellowship program
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

  • Program began September 2007

  • Provides research opportunity with teaching option for recent Ph.D.’s in STEM fields

  • One-year appointment, renewable for a second year

  • Employment Package

    • $55,000 annual salary with full health benefits

    • $5,000 for research and travel expenses

  • Faculty and college cost-share with MAA to support postdoc

  • Strong faculty mentoring is a major criterion for selection

    • 7 fellows in engineering and the physical sciences

    • 2 or 3 new fellows starting this fall

AGEP Scholars Mentoring

  • Advanced AGEP scholars mentor First- and Second-year Ph.D. students

  • Goals:

    • Increase student satisfaction and retention

    • Enhance student skills for graduate school and beyond

    • Develop meaningful connections between new and more experienced students

  • Currently >70 active mentor-protégée pairs

  • One-on-one mentoring and group meetings monthly throughout academic year

  • Topics covered at group meetings include The Imposter Syndrome, Finding an Advisor, and Stress Management

  • Mission

    • To support and enhance graduate student mentoring to improve retention, productivity, and overall student success

    • To equip faculty, students, and staff with the best tools and practices for mentoring

  • Scope

    • Eight STEM faculty members led by a social scientist provide workshops, material, and consultation

    • Results oriented and data driven approach

    • Currently serving engineering, physical and health sciences, and environmental sciences

    • Future plans to expand to other disciplines

Hbcu outreach
HBCU Outreach

  • Campus Visitation Programs:

    Michigan State University — Enhance-Your-Future Conference

    Western Michigan University— HBCU Visitation Program

    • 2-3 days on campus

    • Include HBCU faculty (MSU) and student (MSU, WMU) participation

    • Workshops

    • Meetings with faculty members in student’s area of interest

    • Meetings with current doctoral students

  • AUC Dual-Degree in Engineering Program (UM)

    • Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

    • Seed funding for specialized science Master’s program (recruiting)

Agep community building
AGEP Community Building

  • Purpose: promote fellowship, hone research presentation skills, support interdisciplinary dialogue, and facilitate student-faculty interaction

  • Michigan AGEP Learning Community (MSU)

    • Monthly meetings

    • Informal research presentations

    • Students and faculty interaction

  • Michigan AGEP Scholars Seminar Series (UM)

    • Monthly meetings

    • Formal research presentations and 5-Minute “Chalk Talks”

    • “AGEP Distinguished Researcher” sessions

  • Maa conferences
    MAA Conferences

    • Goal: Develop a community of scholars across alliance

    • One alliance-wide conference each Fall and Spring term

    • Rotated among alliance campuses with themes:

      • Pathways to the Ph.D.

      • Conflict Resolution

      • Preparing Future Faculty

      • Diversity in the Classroom

      • Everything You Need to Know about Postdocs

      • Entrepreneurship

      • Writing Your Dissertation (Spring 2009)

  • Migrated from weekends to Thursday night format with great success

  • Alliance wide recruitment
    Alliance-Wide Recruitment

    • Alliance-Wide Recruiting

      • Goal: leverage strengths, characteristics, and resources of MAA universities by recruiting as an alliance

      • Pros: Increased number of recruiting events possible, and projection of state-wide community to prospective students

      • Cons: MAA booth recruiting proved to be confusing to prospective students

      • Conclusion: Ineffective method of recruiting that we abandoned two years ago

      • Result: MAA shifted focus to retention, campus-centric recruiting, and professional development

    Mega midwest agep conference mmac
    Mega Midwest AGEP Conference (MMAC)

    • February 7-9, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois

    • Collaborative effort among 4 AGEP alliances representing 18 universities

      • CUNY/Michigan Alliance (SBES)

      • Great Lakes Alliances for Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBES)

      • Michigan AGEP Alliance (STEM)

      • Midwest Crossroads Alliance (STEM)

    • Participants

      • ~200 students

      • ~50 faulty members and industry representatives

    Mmac conference design
    MMAC Conference Design

    • Conference Goals

      • To create an innovative collaborative effort among alliances

      • Foster multi-alliance community-building among students

      • Provide sessions focused on professional development for students at varying stages in their doctoral programs

    • Plenary sessions and concurrent workshops

      • 4 plenary sessions

      • Nearly 35 workshops (most popular ones repeated)

    • Career fair

      • Representatives from both academia and industry

        Participants gave the conference an overall rating of 4.3 on a 5-point scale, with 5 being “excellent”

    Mmac participant comments
    MMAC Participant Comments

    “Conferences such as these are greatly needed and appreciated by scholars of color. Please keep up the great work you are doing to assist scholars of color to learn and master the process of acquiring their Ph.D.'s.”

    “I had an interest in many of the workshops and looked forward to the opportunity for networking (with) across so many disciplines and universities. Being hosted in Chicago was an added benefit.”

    “The sessions about how to navigate through specific milestones as a professional (e.g. graduate school courses, grant writing, conflict resolutions). These specific sessions provided skills and helpful examples that were applicable across a variety of disciplines.”

    Programs unique to campuses
    Programs Unique to Campuses

    AGEP Learning Community - MSU

    Frequent Flyer Program - UM

    Dean’s Diversity Fellowship - WSU

    AGEP Fellowship - WMU

    Postdoctoral fellowship
    Postdoctoral Fellowship

    • Partners

      • Faculty PI contributes a minimum of $15K

      • College of Engineering

      • College of Literature Sciences and the Arts

    • Scope

      • 7 postdoctoral fellows

      • Departments: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Material Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry


    • 3 In Preparation Stage

      • Applied Optics

      • Journal of Fluids Engineering

      • Journal of the American Helicopter Society

    • 7 Submitted

      • International Journal of Solids and Structures (Accepted)

      • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (in press

      • Journal of Colloid Interfacial Science(November 2008)

      • Journal of Fluid Mechanics (January 2009)

      • Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structure (December 2008)

      • Journal of Rheology (in press)

    • 3 Published

      • AIAA Journal (January 2009)

      • Journal of the American Helicopter Society (January 2009)

      • Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (November 2008)

    Conference presentations awards future plans
    Conference Presentations, Awards & Future Plans

    • Conferences

      61st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics

      Acoustical Society of America 156th Meeting

      Experimental Biology/American Physiological Society Annual Meeting

      National Meeting of the American Chemical Society

      57th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry

    • Awards

      American Physiological Society Minority Scientist Travel Fellowship

      Beginning Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society

      Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award

      Perrin Doctoral Dissertation Award

    • Future Plans

      5 are in renewal stage

      1 Naval Surface Warfare Center—Caderock Division

      1 Returning to home state due to family matters.

    Maa mentoring programs
    MAA Mentoring Programs

    • Michigan AGEP Scholars Mentoring

      • Peer and near-peer

    • Mentoring Others Results in Excellence (MORE)

      • Faculty Consultations, Presentations and workshops

      • Student Training

    AGEP Scholars Mentoring

    • Advanced AGEP scholars mentor First- and Second-year Ph.D. students

      • First- and Second-Year Ph.D. students

      • King/Chavez/Parks Scholars

      • LSAMP scholars

      • Urban Scholars Leaders

    More 2008 2009 activities
    MORE 2008-2009 Activities

    • Workshops

      • “Effective Mentoring” (New AGEP Mentors 2008)

      • “Pathways to the Ph.D.” (MAA Fall Conference 2008)

      • “Mentoring in the Research Lab”

      • Mentoring Best Practices and Positive Mentor/Mentee Interactions (Wayne State University, March 2009)

      • “Provost Seminar on Mentoring” (May 2009)

      • “Mentoring in the Graduate School Experience” (incoming Ph.D. students 2008)

    • Web Resources

    Recruitment on individual campuses
    Recruitment on Individual Campuses

    • Campus visitation programs

      • PreviewWeekends

      • Collaboration with Student Organizations

    • AGEP support for Department and Faculty recruitment

    • Grad Fairs and Conferences

      • NSBE, SHPE, ABRCMS, SACNAS, California Diversity Forum, Big 10 Graduate School Expo, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, MAES