Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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Pennsylvania State University
PA-7: Support for Future Faculty Diversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution administer and/or participate in a program or programs to help build a diverse faculty that meet the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs that help increase the diversity of higher education faculty:

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is an eight-week research program designed to interest talented undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in academic careers and to enhance their preparation for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors. http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/diversity/srop.html
The Penn State Sloan Scholars program provides funding for underrepresented students to pursue doctorates in mathematics, science, and engineering. Faculty members who have proven track records in graduating underrepresented students from their doctoral programs are selected each year to mentor incoming fellows. http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/index.cfm/diversity/sloanfellows/
The McNair Scholars Program is designed to help prepare talented undergraduates to enter graduate school and to receive their doctoral degree. http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/diversity/mcnair.html
GradStart is a new mentoring program designed to help underrepresented graduate students make the most of their graduate school career. Students are matched with an alumnus/ alumna and/or a faculty mentor. http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/diversity/gradstart.html
The annual Professional Development and Retention Conference at Penn State provides an opportunity for new and returning graduate students from underrepresented groups to meet faculty and staff. http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/index.cfm/diversity/pdrc/
Penn State is a member of the NSF-funded Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), which aims to increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees and entering the professoriate in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The NEAGP is particularly interested in recruiting, supporting and mentoring students of those population groups underrepresented in STEM fields

The Penn State Millennium Scholars Program is open to academically strong high school seniors whose future plans include pursuing a doctoral degree in science or engineering, and to increasing the diversity of researchers in science and engineering.

The website URL where more information about the faculty diversity program(s) is available :

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