A Math Alliance Departmental Graduate Program Group (GPG) is a group of Math Alliance Graduate Faculty Mentors in a mathematical or statistical 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 Math Alliance Graduate Program Groups (GPGs):
A group of faculty in a mathematical or statistical sciences department that would like to form a GPG should submit an application. 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 Math Alliance. These include attending the Field of Dreams Conference, inviting a Math Alliance facilitator to the department and attending the bi-annual American Institute of Mathematics/Alliance Finding and Keeping Workshop. Departments and faculty interested in learning more about challenges in becoming GPGS might want to read the article “Dr. Raymond L. Johnson: A Mathematical Journey and Some Reflections on African Americans in Graduate Mathematical Sciences Programs in the US” by Tasha Innis, Raymond Johnson, and Sherry Scott in the February 2022 Notices of the AMS.
The Math Alliance maintains a webpage for each Math Alliance GPG. This webpage contains information about the GPG’s graduate programs and opportunities.
The Math Alliance is eager to increase the number of its Graduate Faculty Mentors and works to provide opportunities for math and stat sciences graduate faculty nationally to become familiar with Math Alliance goals and practices.