Preparing for the Professoriate Conference

APRIL 8-9, 2011




The University at Albany is pleased to announce its seventh Preparing for the Professoriate Conference scheduled for April 8-9, 2011.  This National Science Foundation & AGEP sponsored conference is designed to communicate the necessity of preparing a diverse professoriate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  We invite undergraduate and graduate STEM students from diverse cultural backgrounds to join with faculty and staff in discussing effective means to prepare and transition into the professoriate.

Renowned keynote speakers and dynamic workshop facilitators will share up-to-date information on issues of vital concern to undergraduate and graduate students. Students will tour UAlbany’s state-of-the-art School of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering Facility and interact with key faculty.  Similar to past years, this year’s conference will also feature a juried poster and oral presentation for graduate and undergraduate students. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners.

Conference materials and meals are provided for all registered conference attendees.  Complimentary hotel accommodations are available for out-of-town guests. However, travel is the responsibility of the attendees. A $15.00 processing fee is required of all conference participants.


The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program seeks to increase significantly the number of Black (African-American), Hispanic and American Indian/Alaskan Native (Native American) students receiving doctoral degrees in all disciplines funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The scarcity of role models and mentors in the professoriate constitutes a significant barrier to producing minority graduates, and NSF is particularly interested in increasing the number of minorities who will enter the professoriate in these disciplines.

Specific objectives of the AGEP Program are to: (1) develop and implement innovative models for recruiting, mentoring, and retaining minority students in doctoral programs and (2) develop effective strategies for identifying and supporting underrepresented minorities who want to pursue academic careers.

The AGEP program also supports a research effort to identify major factors that promote successful transition of minority students from: (1) undergraduate through graduate study (2) course-taking in the early years of the graduate experience to independent research required for completion of a dissertation, and (3) the academic environment to the workplace. To accomplish this objective, the research component will be informed by a portfolio of Federal and private sector efforts in this arena in order to identify factors underlying exemplary as well as unsuccessful efforts.

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