Rice Graduate Education for Minorities (RGEM)
RGEM started on September 1, 2015 to revive the Rice AGEP program for minority graduate students in STEM disciplines and is extend to all underrepresented minority graduate students across the various disciplines including the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rice University.
In 1998 Rice University was awarded one of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) inaugural Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) programs based on successful support activities that targeted underrepresented minority students in the Computational and Applied Mathematics Department (CAAM) and in the Rice Center for Research in Parallel Computation (CRPC) through the “Spend a Summer with a Scientist Program”. The AGEP program was directed at underrepresented minority graduate students in STEM areas and as such included all the Rice departments in the Divisions of Science and Engineering. The funding was enhanced by the Sloan Foundation and continued until 2011.
The Rice NSF funded AGEP Program, directed for more than ten years by Professor Richard Tapia, was clearly the nation’s most successful AGEP Program and NSF’s favorite AGEP Program, and for good reasons.
Rice AGEP’s accomplishments included:
RGEM Program Model
RGEM will focus on two principle components of the AGEP model that contribute to its success. These components in very general terms are:
1. Several times a semester, no more than once a month, RGEM students will meet with the underlying goal of promoting a sense of community and belonging. These meetings may consist of awareness and sensitivity lectures given my Rice faculty, distinguished visitors or panel discussions by previous Rice minority students. All activities will be directed at general audiences. Attendance at these meeting is mandatory for RGEM students.
2. Each RGEM student will meet at least once a year with appropriate representation from the Steering Committee to discuss their progress or lack of progress in their graduate program.
3. RGEM students will help the Director promote the design and attendance at lectures given by invitees in The Presidential Lecture Series of Diverse Scholars and other high level presentations given by underrepresented minority campus speakers. They can play a role in the support and recruitment of underrepresented minority students and faculty.
4. GEM students will attend a yearly social functions planned by the Director with the aid of the Steering Committee.
In general RGEM students will be good citizens in helping to promote an active and exciting Rice environment concerning diversity as it relates to traditional underrepresentation.
Qualifier. Attendance at all activities is mandatory for RGEM students.
Director: Richard Tapia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Steering Committee: School of Humanities — Jose Aranda
School of Engineering — Illya Hicks, Richard Tapia
School of Natural Sciences — Angel Marti, Rosa Uribe, Seiichi Matsuda
School of Social Sciences — Ruth Lopez-Turley
Staff Member: Leticia Velazquez (email@example.com)