Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

The CIRTL AGEP Network Team.


The CIRTL Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) is a collaboration of 10 universities funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. 1646977). CIRTL AGEP is focused on improving our graduate student experiences with the goal of creating a more inclusive higher education environment.


UB CIRTL AGEP is partnering with offices across our institution to implement training that will broaden understanding and awareness of inclusion topics across STEM faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. These partnerships bring together people with similar goals and will allow for coordination of efforts and resource sharing, resulting in greater reach and impact. 

An initial scan of UB's institutional culture, as it relates to topics of inclusion across specific STEM disciplines, was performed in fall 2017. This baseline will help us measure growth in inclusive thoughts and practices as we implement various trainings.

Our Mission

CIRTL AGEP seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success of historically underrepresented minority (URM) students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. AGEP Transformation Alliances develop or replicate/reproduce, implement and study, via integrated educational/social science research, models to transform the dissertator phase of doctoral education, postdoctoral training and/or faculty advancement, and the transitions within and across the pathway levels, of URMs in STEM and/or STEM education research careers.


  • Luis A. Colón, A. Conger Goodyear Chair Professor of Chemistry
  • Monica Carter, Assistant Director of CIRTL and Office of Postdoctoral Scholars

Campus Partnerships

UB CIRTL AGEP has established partnerships with offices across campus to improve the academic climate for all students. Some of our partnerships include: