UT Austin Joins California Alliance To Further Diversity in Academia

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February 28, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin has been invited to join the California Alliance's Research Exchange Program. The Research Exchange provides underrepresented minority students opportunities to learn and network at partner institutions including University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, Caltech, Stanford University, UCLA, Harvard, University of Washington and Georgia Tech.

The California Alliance—which includes UT Austin—is one of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) funded by the National Science Foundation. It seeks to further diversity in mathematics, physical sciences, computer science, engineering and related disciplines.

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The program is open to current UT Austin Ph.D. students in candidacy and postdoctoral fellows who are underrepresented minorities (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander) and in the mathematical, physical and computer science and engineering fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

“The university is thrilled to partner with these storied institutions and contribute to the California Alliance’s mission to help develop diverse talent in the professoriate,” said Mark J. T. Smith, dean of the Graduate School and senior vice provost for academic affairs at UT Austin. “Participating graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will have opportunities to meet and interact with nationally renowned faculty and develop scholarly networks to enhance their success.”

Through the program, students visit partner institutions to learn new techniques, engage in collaborative research, explore opportunities for postdoctoral research and mentorship, and receive individualized career guidance from faculty members at peer universities. Participating students will receive up to $1,500 for travel expenses (paid as reimbursements) for visits lasting about one week.

More information and application instructions are available on the websites of the Graduate School and the California Alliance

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