F-GAP Selection Criteria

Selecting students for the F-GAP program: FAQs

Q:  There are several students whom I am thinking of nominating for the F-GAP program.  How do I know whether they are suitable?

A:  I am very glad you asked this question!  And although the question of suitability is not an easy one to answer in a few words, there are four basic criteria:

  1. The student must be graduating by the Spring or Summer of 2021 with either a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in a mathematical science and must have shown an interest in entering a graduate program in a mathematical science.
  2. The student should, by the time they graduate, meet the entry requirements for at least one Alliance Master’s program or Doctoral program. (Please visit https://mathalliance.org/graduate-school-guidelines/ for information about entry requirements for our GPGs.)
  3. The student should be an Alliance Scholar.
  4. The student should be in our target group.

Q:  I am afraid that your answer has raised more questions than it has answered!  For example, what is your “target group?”

A:  Here is a list of priorities when selecting F-GAP students:

Highest Priority:  The student is a US citizen or permanent resident who comes from an ethnic group that is underrepresented in the mathematical sciences.  According to NSF guidelines these are students who are African American, Latinx-Hispanic, American Indian – Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander.  Please note that although the F-GAP program is generally limited to US citizens or permanent residents, exceptions may be made in the case of DACA students or certain other categories of undocumented students.  Please contact David Goldberg or Phil Kutzko (addresses below) to discuss individual cases.

Lower Priority:  The student is not a minority student but is a US citizen or permanent resident and

  1. comes from an ethnic group, family and/or region that has had little prior experience with doctoral study in the mathematical sciences and
  2. meets the first three basic criteria listed above but would be unlikely to pursue graduate study in a mathematical science without benefiting from the F-GAP program.

David and Phil will be happy to discuss individual cases with you before you submit a nomination.

Q:  If the student is not now presently an Alliance Scholar, can I nominate them at the same time that I recommend them for F-GAP

A:  Yes.

Q:  May I recommend a student who meets the basic criteria listed above but is not now presently in school?

A:  Yes!

Other questions?  Please contact David Goldberg (goldberg@purdue.edu ) or Phil Kutzko (philip-kutzko@uiowa.edu )