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This page lists links to other sites on the World Wide Web with information on minority graduate education issues and graduate school funding opportunities. We have also provided a number of links to other AAAS  resources, including an annotated bibliography of articles and books on SME minority graduate education. As this is a work in progress, you will want to check back periodically for updates.

The use of the links provided by this homepage is on an "as is" basis and at the user's sole risk. The links noted below are not intended to be an endorsement of any service, product, company or university position, nor do they necessarily reflect the views, philosophy, will, intent, or participation of the AAAS Board of Directors, the Council of AAAS, the staff or membership of the association nor the National Science Foundation. 


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) (http://www.aises.org/)  A national, nonprofit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Through its educational programs, AISES provides opportunities for American Indians and Native Alaskans to pursue studies in science, engineering, business and other academic arenas. Through a variety of educational programs, AISES offers financial, academic and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school.

Association of American Universities (AAU) (http://www.aau.edu). The AAU currently consists of sixty American universities and two Canadian universities. Approximately half are public institutions and half are private.  The association serves its members in two major ways. First, it assists them in developing national policy positions on issues that relate to academic research and graduate and professional education. Second, it provides them with a forum for discussing a broad range of other institutional issues, such as undergraduate education.

Association for Support of Graduate Students (ASGS) (http://www.asgs.org). ASGS is a service organization of graduate students, graduate-student organizations (GSOs), and graduate-degree-granting institutions. ASGS services and products assist students to complete their theses and obtain their degrees, produce the highest quality theses, and improve their lives during the thesis process.

Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) (http://www.atpm.org). ATPM is the national professional association dedicated to advancing 
individual and community health promotion and disease prevention in the 
education of physicians and other health professionals.  ATPM offers a 
variety of training opportunities in public health and preventive medicine 
for graduate students and early career professionals, as well as established 
academic faculty, physicians, and other public health professionals.

Center for PreCollege Programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
(http://www.njit.edu/precollege/index.html). Established in 1978, the Centerís goal is to increase access to scientific and technological fields among traditionally underrepresented populations and to improve the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary and elementary schools. 

CEA-CREST Center for Environmental Analysis - Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology California State University (http://cea-crest.calstatela.edu/). The mission of CEA-CREST is to: (1) increase the numbers of minority citizens embarking on careers in the environmental sciences; (2) serve as a key technical and personnel resource for the many academic, governmental and industry programs of Southern California; and (3) conduct innovative multi-disciplinary research into the pressing environmental problems of the region. The Center achieves these goals by supporting fully integrated research teams composed of outstanding faculty from Cal State LA and regional campuses of the University of California system, minority graduate and undergraduate students, and a complete technical support staff. Fellowships and other means of student support are provided.

Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST) (http://www.cpst.org). This web site provides information on the Commission's activities, services, and publications, as well as an online guide to other organizations, both public and private, that produce information on the education and employment of scientists and engineers 

Council of Graduate Schools (http://www.cgsnet.org). The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is dedicated to the improvement and advancement of graduate education. Its members are colleges and universities engaged in research, scholarship and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. This web site offers a plethora of information for faculty and students. 

Diversity Works (http://www.aacu-edu.org/Initiatives/diversity.htm). This site provides resources to colleges and universities that view "diversity as a compelling educational priority and institutional commitment, important for every campus, every learner, and the wider society."

Doctoral Scholars Program (http://www.sreb.org/Programs/dsp/dspindex.asp).  The Doctoral Scholars Program encourages ethnic minority students to pursue doctoral degrees and become college-level teachers. Because its ultimate goal is to address the present under-representation of minorities in higher education, the program attempts to diversify the pool of qualified applicants for college-level faculty positions. The Southern Regional Education Board, an educational policy, research and advancement organization supported by 16 member states, administers the program. The SREBís Doctoral Scholars Program is affiliated with similar programs sponsored by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) through the Compact for Faculty Diversity. Students who wish to pursue graduate study outside the South may apply for support from affiliated organizations.

Embark (http://www.embark.com). (Formerly known as CollegeEdge.) This site provides a network that reaches "everyone involved in the going-to-college process, including students, parents, counselors, and college admissions offices." The site provides a plethora of information and services, for example, "matching" a prospective student with an appropriate college based on criteria such as college type, enrollment, admissions, majors, academics, cost, special programs, religious affiliation, varsity athletics, location, and school setting. 

FASEB/Minority Access to Research Careers Activities and InfoNet. (https://ns2.faseb.org/marc/index.html).  FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) is a coalition of independent Member Societies that serve the interests of biomedical and life scientists, particularly those related to public policy issues. FASEB facilitates coalition activities among Member Societies and disseminates information on biological research through scientific conferences and publications. FASEB has supported the training of minority scientists, for the last 15 years, through a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) grant that involves a variety of programs. This site provides a listing of grants and resources and information on meetings, career resources and public affairs. 

GEM Consortium (http://www.nd.edu/~gem/). The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc., offers an array of services, including fellowships for graduate study. GEMís mission "is to enhance the value of the nationís human capital in engineering and science by increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in graduate education." 

Gradschools.com (http://www.gradschools.com/backg.html). This site is dedicated to post-baccalaureate educational programs arranged in a directory format with listings categorized by curriculum and geographical location. 

Graduate School Guide (http://www.schoolguides.com). This site is "a comprehensive online guide to Doctoral, Masterís & Professional degree programs." The site categorizes programs by fields of study, school profiles and financing. 

HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (http://www.hacu.net). HACU represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), defined as colleges or universities where Hispanics constitute a minimum of 25 percent of the total enrollment at either the graduate or undergraduate level. HACU also serves associate members, where Hispanics constitute a minimum of 10 percent of the total enrollment. Member institutions are located in the United States and Puerto Rico.  HACUís goals include: 1) to promote the development of member colleges and universities; 2) improve access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and 3) meet the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

MESA (http://mesa.cuop.edu/). MESA (mathematics, engineering and science achievement program) is a partnership of higher education, school districts, business and industry and community organizations in Colorado.

Midwest Higher Education Commission (http://www.mhec.org/). Established in 1991 as an interstate compact agency, the Midwestern Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is charged with promoting interstate cooperation and resource sharing in higher education. MHEC sponsors many cooperative programs designed to promote higher education in the region, including student exchanges.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (http://www.nacme.org). NACME is a not-for-profit corporation with a commitment to excellence in education. Its mission is predicated on the fact that technical work force strength will determine the U.S.'s world position in the new century, that the nationís economic productivity rests on the quality of the scientists and engineers it produces, and that continued U.S. success in the new global society depends on the ability to utilize human resources from all segments of the population.

National Association of Graduate Professional Students (http://www.nagps.org/). Promotes the interests of graduate students and acts as a clearinghouse for information. This web site offers a variety of information ranging from documents on tax regulations to international student issues, teaching resources, financial aid, TA/RA issues, legislative updates, and an online jobbank. 

New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) (http://www.nebhe.org/) This site offers detailed listings of opportunities for minority students.

PhDs.Org (http://www.phds.org). PhDs.org is an interactive web site that brings together tools that graduate students can use to find jobs and that potential students can use to select graduate programs. Visitors will find information on science education and science policy as well as links to excellent resources on networking, writing a curriculum vita, interviewing and writing grants. 

Scienceís Next Wave (http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/). This is a weekly online publication for graduate students, that covers scientific training, career development, and the science job market. Next Wave is published by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It is a not-for-profit publication. 

Sistahs in Science. (http://www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/sbrowne/sistahs/final/title.shtml) This site is designed to help science students find research internships in science. Information on writing resumes, contacting sites offering internships, and career development is available.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) (http://www.sacnas.org/). SACNAS is a diverse society with a vested interest in promoting opportunities in graduate science education for Chicano/Latino, Native American, and other students. Its members include science professors, industry scientists, K-12 teachers, and students. 

Student.com (http://www.student.com). This site offers information on college life for students in an interactive format. 

U.S. News & World Report Education Rankings Website (http://www.usnews.com/usnewws/edu) This site contains information on colleges, graduate schools, campus diversity, graduate programs, etc.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) (http://www.wiche.edu/home1.htm). The 15 member states of WICHE work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West, including a Doctoral Scholars Program for minorities.

Funding Opportunities

FastWEB.com (www.fastWEB.com). FastWEB.com offers a free internet scholarship search service, and posts an extensive college directory of more than 4,000 schools, with information on admissions, financial aid and general information. The site also provides prospective students with easy-to-find information from national experts on admissions, financial aid, money management, career planning, jobs and life after college, and free tools, such as calendars, e-mail and cost calculators to help students succeed in school.

FinAid! (http://www.finaid.org/). This site offers an annotated collection of information about student financial aid. It also provides students with a comprehensive list of other scholarship search engines, such as Peterson's CollegeQuest and the College Boardís Scholarship Fund Finder. For information on Biology and Engineering funding opportunities, visit http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/majors.phtml#biology.

Related AAAS Resources

Annotated bibliography (http://ehrweb.aaas.org/mge/bibl.html) on SME minority graduate education. 

Executive Summary of  Losing Ground: Science and Engineering Graduate Education of Black and Hispanic Americans (http://ehrweb.aaas.org/her/exec.html)

Executive Summary of Investing in Human Potential: Science and Engineering at the Crossroads (http://ehrweb.aaas.org/mge/exec.html)

Special Reports on the Status of African Americans and Latinos in SME (http://ehrweb.aaas.org/mge/Reports/Report1/Menu.html)

Every year AAAS recognizes two outstanding academics who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of underrepresented minorities in higher education through their extraordinary mentoring activities. We have included information about the 2001 AAAS Mentor Awards here as well as a list of prior award winners. The two categories are Lifetime Mentor Award (a $5,000 prize) and Mentor Award (a $2,500 prize).

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