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The Texas A&M System AGEP Alliance: A Model to Advance Historically Underrepresented Minorities in the STEM Professoriate

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Welcome to TxARM

The Texas A&M System AGEP Alliance is a collaboration between four leading Texas Universities [The Texas A&M University (TAMU) College Station, TAMU Corpus Christi, TAMU Kingsville and Prairie View A&M University] to develop, implement, and study a model of STEM doctoral degree completion and the transition to successful postdoctoral fellowships and faculty careers for historically underrepresented minorities.


The participants of the Alliance include women and men who are either African American, Hispanic American or Native American and who are majoring in the fields of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Marine Biology, and Wildlife Science.

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The Overarching Research Model indicating the various TX-ARM activities.


About the Program

The model development, implementation, and testing, focuses on a unique set of interventions, including

  1. using individualized development plans for participants as they transition from dissertator to postdoctoral scholar to faculty;
  2. providing participants with professional development opportunities related to communication, writing, networking and job preparation/transition;
  3. supporting participants with mentors at the institutional and field-specific expert levels; and
  4. offering participants opportunities to experience academic culture and activities at historically black colleges and universities.

The integrated research will address the effects of stigmatization on male and female adults who are non-STEM and STEM African Americans and Hispanic Americans.


The TxARM AGEP Alliance is funded by a $2,746,911 grant from the National Foundation.

Funding Sources: NSF 1723255, 1723260, 1723165, and 1723253


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 1723255, 1723260, 1723165, and 1723253. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation


Activity # 3: Exposure to HBCUs - PVAMU

This activity is mandatory for all TxARM participants, except the students from PVAMU. Students will visit one of five HBCUs for one week.  All expenses will be paid, including travel, lodging and meals. Participants will be paired with a faculty member at the selected HBCU based on their field of study (Table 1). The participant will shadow that faculty member as they perform their duties in teaching, research and service.  In turn, the faculty member will mentor the TxARM participant for that week.  It is hoped that the established short-term (1 week) mentor-mentee relationship will develop into a long-term collaboration.

Table 1: Potential HBCU Matching Based on Field of Study
Field of Study HBCU
Chemistry PVAMU; Tuskegee
Engineering PVAMU; North Carolina A&T University; Tuskegee University
Entomology North Carolina A&T University; Tuskegee University
Marine Biology Delaware State University; Hampton University
Wildlife Science Delaware State University; North Carolina A&T University; Tuskegee University


Student Expectations:

In order for the TxARM participant to receive obtain the faculty experience at an HBCU, the student will:

  • Go through orientation, whereby he/she is introduced to faculty/staff in the department and present his/her academic background and expectations of the visit.
  • Receive a tour of the whole campus.
  • Receive a tour of one or more research facilities on campus – where he/she will be given an opportunity to dialogue with other scientists and observe how to build relationships with federal funding agencies.
  • Shadow the faculty at meetings and/or service activities, such as advising students.
  • Assist with research and/or a lab class.
  • Develop a PowerPoint to teach a class in his/her field.
  • Give a seminar on his/her research to students, faculty and staff in the department.

After the one week HBCU faculty-shadowing experience, the TxARM student will

  1. Evaluate the mentor/host.
  2. Make a presentation to TxARM PIs and CoPIs on the shadowing experience.

Mentor/Host Expectations:

  • Host the TxARM student for one week by allowing him/her to shadow their daily routine as a faculty member in teaching, research and service; scheduling specific times for mentor/mentee conversations; planning the schedule of events (orientation, tours, presentations etc.).
  • Provide advice, guidance and feedback to the TxARM student as he/she prepares to present a PowerPoint on his/her research and class lecture.
  • Help to identify resources that will assist the TxARM student in his/her research and teaching.

Leadership Team

Regisford Gloria

Dr. Gloria Regisford, Professor
Department of Biology, PI

P.O. Box 519, MS 2210
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, TX 77446

Tel: (936) 261-3165
Fax:(936) 261-3179