his presentation will describe the goals and programmatic interventions of a virtual model for STEM doctoral education for underrepresented minorities (URM) in STEM, established by the project “The Tuskegee Alliance to Forge Pathways to Academic Careers in STEM (T-PAC)”, which is funded by the NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. The T-PAC Alliance consists of two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Tuskegee University and Alabama State University; and a Traditionally White Institution (TWI), Auburn University, located in Alabama.
T-PAC’s virtual interventions provide comprehensive assistance to its 18 participating US Citizen URM STEM doctoral students (Scholars) as they progress through the doctoral pipeline. Interventions include: 1) Virtual tutorials on STEM graduate content; 2) Virtual tutorials to assist with the preparation of qualifying exams; 3) An institutionalized virtual graduate course “Literature Search and Technical Writing” to assist Scholars with technical writing needs; 4) An institutionalized virtual graduate course “Proposal Development” to assist Scholars with the writing of competitive proposals; and 5) Virtual teaching experiences. Eligible Scholars are also mentored to submit GRFP applications. Additionally, T-PAC offers webinars on various topics of interest to Scholars.
In addition to providing a description of virtual efforts, we will also discuss T-PAC professional development workshops that are offered to Scholars to provide resources to assist them in dealing with the rigors of graduate school such as management of stress, which is a common theme among the majority of URM graduate students. The T-PAC workshops are also focused on creating awareness among Scholars of the Professoriate, including job responsibilities and its rewards.