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.