Energy & Sustainability - Texas Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

Advancing Interdisciplinary STEM Graduate

Education in Energy and Sustainability Disciplines

About Us

The alliance includes five, PhD-granting institutions in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and West Texas A&M University). It also includes six additional collaborating institutions (Tarleton State University, Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas A&M–San Antonio, Texas A&M –Texarkana, Texas A&M–Commerce and Texas A&M- Central Texas).

The Alliance provides activities and financial support to facilitate your participation in scholarly and professional skill development activities, development of community and co-mentoring networks, participation in research conferences, securing of multi-institutional research mini-grants, and participationand performance-based retention bonuses.

The Alliance will operate as one cohesive unit to: 1) develop a robust cyber-enabled social and virtual infrastructure; 2) use existing Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty infrastructure to allow graduate faculty at one TAMU System university to participate on the graduate committee and act as coadvisor for students at another System university; 3) use existing TAMUS administrative structures and communication technologies to coordinate AGEP activities with local STEM efforts and strategize on institutionalization of successful AGEP activities; 4) leverage existing Texas A&M System Pathways to the Doctorate program to facilitate fellowships among AGEP students and promote collaborative research of colleagues across the TAMUS; and 5) develop a multi-level, highly engaged mentoring structure.

Execution of these approaches will generate: 1) a replicable, transportable, and evidence-based model for sustainable strategies to remove barriers to participation and success of STEM URM doctoral students on their path to the professoriate; 2) infrastructure integrating TAMUS activities that will enable the future expansion of this model to additional interdisciplinary themes, thus expanding the impact of this approach; and 3) multiple paths to academic careers for URM STEM students by their obtaining the skills needed for academic positions in research-intensive as well as teaching-intensive universities, depending on their preference.

Dr. Adrienne Carter-Sowell, Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology and Africana Studies, will lead the Social Science research project. The Social Science research project will focus on examining the impact of experiences of exclusion on the success of URM STEM graduate students and ways to promote retention through strategies that promote inclusion.

This NSF-funded AGEP program includes a directive as stated in NSF 12-554 (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/ 2012/nsf12554/nsf12554.htm) that the program “must focus on underrepresented minority, U.S. citizens in STEM graduate education, and/or postdoctoral training, and their preparation for academic STEM careers at all types of institutions of higher education.” The National Science Foundation’s AGEP program is committed

Principal & Co-principal Investigators

Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Dr. Adrienne Carter-Sowell, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies
  • Dr. Marcetta Y. Darensbourg, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry Department
  • Dr. Cesar O. Malave, Professor and Holder of the Sugar and Mike Barnes Head Chair
  • Dr. David Reed, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Development
Prairie View A&M University
  • Dr. Gloria Regisford, Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Laura E. Carson, Research Scientist
  • Dr. Pamela Obiomon, Associate Professor and Interim Department Head
  • Dr. Ruby Stevens-Morgan, Assistant Director of institutional Research
Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
  • Dr. Richard Coffin, Department Chair and Professor of the College of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Naehr Thomas, Associate Dean for College of Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu, Associate Professor, Engineering Technical Program
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Dr. Linda Challoo, Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Rajab Challoo, Chairman and Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • Dr. Alvaro Martinez, Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Shad D. Nelson, Department Chair and Professor of Horticulture/Soil Science
  • Dr. Jianhong Ren, Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean
West Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Angela Spaulding, Vice President for Research and Compliance, Dean of Graduate School
  • Dr. Pamela Lockwood, Professor of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics
Program Coordinator
  • Isah Veronica D. Juranek