An Alliance Departmental Graduate Program Group (GPG) is a group of Alliance Graduate Faculty Mentors in a math sciences department of sufficient size and seniority that they may successfully mentor a significant number of graduate students from underrepresented groups. These GPGs share the goal of ensuring that underrepresented students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in these departments will thrive, and they have committed themselves to a set of best practices.
There are two branches to the Alliance Graduate Program Groups (GPGs):
A group of faculty in a mathematical sciences department that would like to form a GPG should submit an application to the Alliance Governing Board. It is expected that the group will contain at least 10% of the department’s tenured faculty and that the chair and/or the director of graduate studies will be a part of the group. If the department does not already have a successful record of mentoring underrepresented students then it is expected that the prospective GPG will avail itself to one of several educational opportunities provided by the Alliance. These include attending the Field of Dreams Conference, inviting an Alliance facilitator to the department and attending the bi-annual American Institute of Mathematics/Alliance Finding and Keeping Workshop.
The Alliance maintains a webpage for each Alliance GPG. This webpage contains information about the GPG’s graduate programs and opportunities. The Alliance is eager to increase the number of its Graduate Faculty Mentors and works to provide opportunities for math sciences graduate faculty nationally to become familiar with Alliance goals and practices.