Interventions

T-PAC has proposed nine interventions which will assist TPAC Scholars progress in their preparation and to encourage them to consider pursuing academic careers at American Colleges and Universities

To Assist with Doctoral Studies:
1) Intervention: Submission of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Application

Objective: To provide Scholars with an opportunity to obtain funding for their doctoral research and gain experiences in writing a competitive scientific proposal.

2) Intervention: Virtual mentoring using social media platforms

   Objective: To provide Scholars with an avenue for joint mentoring across the T-PAC Alliance through social media platforms. Emphasis is to promote cross institutional collaborations and a sense of community, for networking purposes and to disseminate news of Scholars’ progress and achievements

3) Intervention: Virtual tutorials on STEM content

Objective: To assist Scholars with fundamental concepts in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering during their graduate course work.

4) Intervention: Virtual comprehensive examination preparation tutorials

Objective: To assist Scholars with STEM content and strategies to prepare for comprehensive examinations.

5) Intervention: Online graduate course: Literature Search and Technical Writing

Objective: To assist Scholars with technical writing at different levels, including dissertation, manuscripts, technical reports, and conference presentations.

6) Intervention: Research experiences in STEM at host Alliance institutions

Objective: To provide Scholars with research enrichment and networking opportunities by rotating through at least one institution in the Alliance outside of their own institution.

To Assist with Preparation for the Professoriate:
1) Intervention: Online graduate course: Proposal Development

Objective: To provide Scholars with preparation to write competitive scientific proposals including solicitation search, critical review of the literature on the research subject and development of proposed research ideas.

2) Intervention: Virtual teaching experiences

     Objective: To provide Scholars with experiences in teaching an undergraduate STEM course online, preceded by workshops on pedagogical and class management skills.

3) Intervention: Preparation for future STEM Faculty positions through workshops

Objective: To provide Scholars with information about the duties and expectations of a faculty   member and to address the negative perceptions about the professoriate.