The Hispanic AGEP Alliance plans to develop, implement and study a model for training and transitioning Hispanic Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) doctoral students, who have completed all coursework and who are dissertating, as they transition to STEM instructional faculty or staff positions at community colleges and other associate degree granting institutions. Participants primarily include Hispanic doctoral students of Caribbean origin and of Mexican origin, who are advanced level doctoral candidates majoring in ESE fields.
The two-phase model is based on a mentorship and skills development, which provide the professional skills needed to succeed as faculty.
Phase I: Fellow Mentorship and Networking Program
The AGEP program offers advice and guidance to the fellows through training and mentorship platforms that includes professionals in the ESE field from the different sectors; academia, private industry, and government. Each Fellow is carefully assigned to a Lead Faculty Mentor, whose support and coaching of the Fellow will be supplemented by an extended team of Co-Mentors – engineering and sciences faculty and professionals from government, academia, and industry.
Phase II: Fellows Academic and Professional Training
The AGEP training is unique as it involves all the key components a successful faculty and professional should be trained on through their careers, some training topics include:
- Strong technical background on Environmental Sciences and Engineering.
- Broad interdisciplinary training in engineering, sciences, and social sciences
- Technical articles writing
- Successful grant proposal writing
- Diverse research skills
- Teaching experience and skills
- Excellent verbal and communication skills
- Professional exposure and networking
- Global vision
- Mentoring of undergraduate students