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News & Events
July 2006
Seventh Summer TA and Mentoring Training
The PR AGEP Program at Río Piedras & Mayaguez finished their 6th (2005) Summer TA and Mentoring Training and Bridging Seminars with great success. learn more...
January 2006
Director of NSF visits the RCSE at Río Piedras and Mayagüez Campus
As part of his trip to Puerto Rico to participate in the AGEP-Retreat in January 26-28, 2006, Dr. Bement (Director of the National Science Foundation, NSF) visit with PhD fellows (AGEP, NSF-EPSCoR and LSAMP) and researchers at the Río Piedras and Mayagüez Campus, and the Arecibo Observatory.  Dr. Bement had the opportunity to visit laboratories, talk to PhD students and Researchers. learn more...
About Us

The University of Puerto Rico Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (UPR-AGEP) is a five year project funded by the National Science Foundation as an effort to achieve a one hundred percent increase in the total of PhDs conferred at the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras and Mayagüez Campuses) in Biology, Chemistry, Chemical-Physics, Marine Sciences and Civil Engineering to minorities within a five year period, going from a total of 13 in 1997-98 to a total of 26 degrees by the year 2003.

The UPR-AGEP will provide students a coherent continuum of support to bridge their successful transition through the critical initial stages of the PhD programs. The implementation of this strategy will require a transformation in the organizational culture of PhD programs to promote a more systematic, proactive and concerted institutional effort in terms of student recruitment, student support, and the preparation of the teaching assistants.

The officials who constitute the task force under the leadership of Dr. Manuel Gómez, Vice President of Research and Academic Affairs, include: Dr. Brad R. Weiner, Director of PR EPSCoR, Río Piedras Campus; Dr. Ana R. Guadalupe, Dean of Graduate Studies, Río Piedras Campus; Dr. Jaime Seguel, Director of Graduate Studies, Mayagüez Campus; Dr. Waded Cruzado, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Mayagüez Campus; and, Dr. Ramón Vázquez, Dean of Engineering, Mayagüez Campus.

Main Components
Recruitment and Entry into Ph D Programs:

Teams of faculty and students from each PhD program will carry out visits to institutions around the island to talk to students about opportunities for PhD studies and careers in their field. The recruitment of students from the mainland will be through participation and dissemination of AGEP information at national conferences, and visits to universities with high concentration of Hispanics.

Facilitating Transition and Retention through Bridging Seminars and Student Peer-Mentors:

Faculty will offer a Summer Bridging Seminars and follow-up activities to all incoming graduate students during their first year of studies. The summer seminar will focus on elaborating graduate study and career plans, visits to research laboratories, guidance and basic academic services. Also, a two weeks summer Peer-Mentor Development Program will be developed to prepare students who have completed their second year in effective mentoring strategies to coach incoming students.

Enhancing Teaching Assistant Training:

To improve and broaden the teaching skills of TAs and increase the number of PhD students selecting careers in academia, faculty will provide an intensive TA training to all incoming students. These seminars will focus on communication skills, the writing and presentation of dissertation proposals, and time management.

Increasing Scholarly Productivity Program:

Seminars will be offered each year to students in their second and third year to assist them in critical areas to complete their PhD degree as well as to enhance their potential as professionals and members of the academic community.