The Texas program will include 100 individuals. About 15 will be from UTSA. Participants will receive mentoring to tackle systemic barriers. Throughout the mentorship period, the participants' experiences will be documented to analyze the training’s effectiveness.
Zachary Tonzetich, UTSA associate professor of chemistry, will be the Principal Investigator (PI) for the UTSA project, and Ambika Mathur, Senior Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and dean of The UTSA Graduate School, will be the co-PI.
“UTSA aspires to become a model for student success, a great public research university, and an exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence,” Mathur said. “We are appreciative of the National Science Foundation for recognizing the need to ensure our post-doctoral fellow and junior faculty pipeline remains inclusive. This program is well aligned with the mission and core values of UTSA and will have a broad economic and intellectual impact on San Antonio and our community.”
The AGEP supports higher education alliances with strategies in place to increase the number of historically underrepresented STEM faculty and promote systemic change.