Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education & the Professoriate

Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education & the Professoriate The Initiative to Maximize Students Development goal is to increase the number of underrepresented groups in STEM , BehavioRal and Biomedical sciences

The Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) is one of 26 NSF-funded Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) programs in the US. The goal of the NEAGEP is to increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees and entering the professoriate in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We are particularly interested in recruiting, supporting and mentoring students of those population groups underrepresented in STEM fields (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders). The University of Massachusetts has been designated by the National Science Foundation as the lead university in NEAGEP. Member campuses are: - UMass Amherst - Boston University - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Pennsylvania State University - Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey - University of Connecticut - University of Maine - University of New Hampshire - University of Rhode Island - University of Vermont For more information, please visit our website at http://www.neagep.org/

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Learn when to say "no"
09/14/2016
Learn when to say "no"

Learn when to say "no"

Don't be afraid to decline involvement with things that are a distraction from your goals. "Time only becomes available when you limit what you do," executive coach John Baldoni says in this blog post and video.

Are you part of a dual-career couple?
09/14/2016
Are you part of a dual-career couple?

Are you part of a dual-career couple?

HERC has helpful resources and information to help you both with your job search. You can also search for jobs within a commutable distance of one another by using HERC's dual-career search technology and finding jobs that meet your partner's profile. Start searching today!

Ideas for Ph.D.s on planning a career
09/14/2016
Ideas for Ph.D.s on planning a career

Ideas for Ph.D.s on planning a career

Ph.D. students should seek out mentors and begin thinking about their career options early, some experts suggest. Having conversations with professionals who are more advanced in their careers can help students determine the field they want to pursue, they advise.

SURPRISE! Happy Birthday, Tammy Sobers! You are great! Celebrating with New Graduate Students, PREP students, and their ...
09/01/2016

SURPRISE! Happy Birthday, Tammy Sobers! You are great! Celebrating with New Graduate Students, PREP students, and their Neer-Peer Mentors at lunch in Goodell. Tammy and Radha are doing a presentation on the importance of networking to the new graduate students this afternoon.

IMSD/SDI 2016 New Fellows Orientation Week. Welcome to UMASS! Great Group!-Graduate Students Panel-Tammy and Radha on Ne...
09/01/2016

IMSD/SDI 2016 New Fellows Orientation Week. Welcome to UMASS! Great Group!
-Graduate Students Panel
-Tammy and Radha on Networking

Postdoctoral Fellow Awarded $138,000 NSF Grant for Cell Biophysics Research Joelle Labastide, a postdoctoral fellow in p...
08/18/2016

Postdoctoral Fellow Awarded $138,000 NSF Grant for Cell Biophysics Research
Joelle Labastide, a postdoctoral fellow in physics, has been awarded $138,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship to examine the dynamics of “cargo transport,” the act of carrying organelles, proteins and other material around inside the cell.
She seeks to uncover how kinesin-1 motor proteins can get around and through the crowded and complex architecture of the cell interior. She will perform the work in the lab of physics professor Jennifer Ross.
Labastide proposes to use her training in the physical chemistry of solid state and polymeric materials and novel super-resolution microscopy in the research.
As part of the two-year grant, Labastide will build a novel polarization microscope to track the 3D location and orientation of solid-state artificial “cargos” being transported in a manmade cytoskeletal network.
Labastide holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a doctorate in chemistry, both from UMass Amherst.
She is a founding member of the Graduate Women in STEM (GWIS) group, and is the editor of its magazine.
Dr. Labastide Is a NEAGEP alumna.

Joelle Labastide

08/17/2016
Nilanjana Dasgupta

Nilanjana Dasgupta

Nilanjana Dasgupta, Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion for the College of Natural Science...

Juan Jiménez Wins BMES Innovation and Career Development Award | College of Engineering | UMass Amherst
08/03/2016
Juan Jiménez Wins BMES Innovation and Career Development Award | College of Engineering | UMass Amherst

Juan Jiménez Wins BMES Innovation and Career Development Award | College of Engineering | UMass Amherst

Juan Jiménez Assistant Professor Juan Jiménez of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received an Innovation and Career Development Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), awarded to early career professionals to promote career development in the field of biomedical...

Assoc. for Women in Science - Summer 2016
07/27/2016
Assoc. for Women in Science - Summer 2016

Assoc. for Women in Science - Summer 2016

AWIS Magazine covers topics important to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. Topics include career advancement, work-life balance, the state of science and technology, women’s wellness, and AWIS’ political and

Assoc. for Women in Science - Summer 2016
07/27/2016
Assoc. for Women in Science - Summer 2016

Assoc. for Women in Science - Summer 2016

AWIS Magazine covers topics important to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. Topics include career advancement, work-life balance, the state of science and technology, women’s wellness, and AWIS’ political and

Assoc. for Women in Science - Summer 2016
07/27/2016
Assoc. for Women in Science - Summer 2016

Assoc. for Women in Science - Summer 2016

AWIS Magazine covers topics important to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. Topics include career advancement, work-life balance, the state of science and technology, women’s wellness, and AWIS’ political and

07/27/2016

For all IMSD/NEAGEP/PREP/SPUR Fellows
Monthly Dinner: Wednesday July 27 @ 5:30 pm Goodell Lounge in the Goodell Building
Guest Speakers: IMSD Summer Visiting Professors

Can scientists really have work/life balance? : Naturejobs Blog
06/13/2016
Can scientists really have work/life balance? : Naturejobs Blog

Can scientists really have work/life balance? : Naturejobs Blog

Previous postStudy system envy Naturejobs | Naturejobs BlogCan scientists really have work/life balance?13 Jun 2016 | 13:00 BST | Posted by Jack Leeming | Category: #NJCESanFrancisco, Academia, Blog, Career paths, Chemistry, Mobility, People Management, Perspectives, PhD, Relationships, Research To…

04/12/2016

April Dinner: Wednesday, April 13 @ 5:30 pm
Goodell Lounge

Thursday April 7:  Stress and the PhD Student and How to Handle It Workshop5:30 pm Goodell 528
04/07/2016

Thursday April 7: Stress and the PhD Student and How to Handle It Workshop
5:30 pm Goodell 528

03/23/2016

Monthly Dinner Tonight Wednesday, March 23 @ 5:30 pm Goodell Lounge

03/08/2016

Exploring Graduate Studies in Engineering, Physical, Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
September 30 – October 2 2016
Are you interested in participating in our graduate exploration event, but think you are too far away to attend? Don’t let distance (or funding) be an obstacle! Interested participants that qualify may apply for a limited number of travel grants, which provide financial support for an extended weekend visit to UMass Amherst.
Please contact: Dr. Heyda Martinez, IMSD Program Director [email protected]

02/26/2016

February 24 @ 5:30 pm
Workshop: The Impostor Syndrome
Goodell 524

02/18/2016

Monthly Dinner Thursday February 18 at 5:30 Goodel Lounge.

Academic Writing for Graduate Students Workshop
02/06/2016

Academic Writing for Graduate Students Workshop

01/28/2016

TONIGHT!

ACADEMIC WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
IMSD WORKSHOP SERIES Thursday January 28 2016 5:00 pm Goodell 528 (Conference Room)

Professor Ingrid Holms and
Professor Margaret Allard

12/01/2015

Monthly Dinner tomorrow December 2 @ 5:30pm -Goodell Lounge.
Come and relax and enjoy good food and company!
Beat the cold and dark days of early Winter with a warm tasty dinner and the company of friends and peers!
Join Us tomorrow!

IMSD/NEAGEP STEM doctoral students with Dr. Lisandra Garay-Vega, NEAGEP Alumna '08, and one of the three recipients of t...
10/22/2015

IMSD/NEAGEP STEM doctoral students with Dr. Lisandra Garay-Vega, NEAGEP Alumna '08, and one of the three recipients of the College of Engineering 2015 Outstanding Junior Alumni Award. An honor to have Dr. Garay- Vega with us for lunch and conversation with students

Latina Researchers Network
10/15/2015

Latina Researchers Network

Latina Researchers Network helps #LatinosAchieve by providing access to resources, networking and community.

10/15/2015

You are invited on
Friday October 16 at 12 noon in LSL 240
To a Conversation and lunch with
LISANDRA GARAY-VEGA, PHD
NEAGEP Alumna and
Highway Accident Investigator (Project Manager)
Dr. Lisandra Garay-Vega is a highway accident investigator and project manager at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). NTSB is an independent Federal agency that investigates significant accidents in all modes of transportation, determines the probable cause, and issues safety recommendations to help prevent recurrences. Dr. Garay-Vega manages highway accident investigation reports from the accident site to a Board presentation.

10/14/2015

Monthly Dinner: Wednesday October 14
5:30 pm
Goodell Lounge
5fh Floor
Goodell Building

WELCOME to our New NEAGEP/IMSD Fellows to UMass Amherst. In this photo with one of the Peer Mentors, 4th year Physics do...
09/05/2015

WELCOME to our New NEAGEP/IMSD Fellows to UMass Amherst. In this photo with one of the Peer Mentors, 4th year Physics doctoral student, Kieran Ramos. Wish you'll the best! 🌟✨💫

Microbiologists show it's possible to achieve gender equity in scholarly presentations |...
08/05/2015
Microbiologists show it's possible to achieve gender equity in scholarly presentations |...

Microbiologists show it's possible to achieve gender equity in scholarly presentations |...

Those are some of the answers that have been given by organizers of scholarly meetings for having relatively few women on panels at annual meetings, and for having plenty of panels with no women at all. Many women have been rejecting such answers -- and some have even talked about staying away from…

06/26/2015

UMASS News and Media Relations
President Obama Honors Petersen for Mentoring
June 25, 2015
President Barack Obama saluted professor Sandra Petersen, with 14 others and one organization, who received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) for 2012 and 2013. In addition to being personally honored by the president, recipients receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.
Obama said in a statement, “These educators are helping to cultivate America’s future scientists, engineers and mathematicians. They open new worlds to their students, and give them the encouragement they need to learn, discover and innovate. That’s transforming those students’ futures, and our nation’s future, too.”
Petersen, a professor in veterinary and animal sciences, since 2003 has served as executive director and a mentor for the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), a 15-institution alliance focused on increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who earn Ph.D. degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
She was the founding director of the STEM Diversity Institute, a campus-wide umbrella to coordinate diversity initiatives in STEM workforce development. Over the past six years, she has been principal investigator (PI) on three National Institutes of Health grants bringing over $5.3 million to support student internships and graduate recruitment and retention programs for underrepresented groups. Petersen was also co-PI and project director on three NSF grants totaling $11.3 million that support NEAGEP activities. She is currently focused on NEAGEP Next, a project to expand activities and STEM faculty from underrepresented groups in the 15 NEAGEP institutions and beyond.
Returning from the White House ceremony, Petersen said, “It was an extraordinary honor to be at the White House and to meet President Obama. His knowledge and support of what we are doing reinvigorated each of us in the PAEMSEM group and reminded us of why we do what we do. We all agreed that the most important outcome of the award was the opportunity be part of a national network of like-minded people who are truly committed to and understand the urgency of diversifying the national STEM workforce. Over the years I have learned that it is the development of personal relationships and interactive networks that really make things happen. I also know that success in diversity efforts requires both faculty leadership and continuous administrative support. I am quite fortunate to be part of a faculty that understands the need for diversity of background, experience and thought in order to produce true innovation.”
She added, “I have also enjoyed the support of a number of mentors, including the former provosts Seymour and Staros, who truly understand what it takes to do this work. Their trust and enthusiastic backing made all of this possible at UMass Amherst. When we started our efforts, there were fewer than 25 doctoral students from underrepresented groups in all of STEM and we now have nearly triple that number, and we increased the graduation rate by over four-fold. It’s an amazing experience to see the ideas and outcomes we proposed in grants actually come to fruition.”
“Meeting the president and hearing his praise was uplifting, but it does not produce the sustained satisfaction and joy that I feel knowing that each of my ‘mutual mentors’ will truly make a difference in the world. They are extraordinary people who show their ‘grit factor’ every day. They are the ones to be congratulated,” she said.
Campus officials say that under Petersen’s leadership, the number of research-active faculty involved in recruiting, mentoring and community building for underrepresented minority students increased 1,000 percent at UMass Amherst, from 19 in 2003 to more than 200 today. The enrollment and retention rate of minority students in STEM disciplines and the number of URM who earned STEM PhD degrees also increased significantly. This year’s graduating class is the largest ever and the increasing number of students on the path promises that the numbers will continue to grow.

President Obama meets with the 2013 winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engine...
06/26/2015

President Obama meets with the 2013 winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in the Oval Office, June 17. Sandy Petersen is second from right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Listen to our interview with Prof. Sandra Petersen who received the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Sandy talks about her research in veterinary science as well as her mentoring work as the director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), a 15-institution alliance focused on increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who earn Ph.D. degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. She also talks about her life from a small town in Nebraska, to being a registered nurse, to becoming a Professor, to her activism and mentorship, and to the Oval Office meeting President Obama! #STEM #Mentoring #POTUS44 PhD Trekkers Podcast