This award program specifically seeks to increase the number and quality of underrepresented minorities successfully recruited to and completing doctoral degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences at the University of Idaho. This program places particular emphasis on recruitment of members of groups that historically have been underrepresented in these disciplines: African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders. Awards will be for new full-time students in PhD programs. New doctoral students involved in any of the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or biomedical fields normally supported by the National Science Foundation or National Institutes of Health are eligible.
This program is for recruitment of new graduate students. Current doctoral candidates at U-Idaho are not eligible for this award.
The awards will be an annually renewable award of $50,000 per year for three years (inclusive of stipend and fringe benefits) in addition to departmental and or grant-funded assistantships for the academic year. The award is renewable for up to one additional year (four years total), contingent upon satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree. It is expected that the student, major professor, and the department will work together to ensure the necessary funding is available in any subsequent semesters/years required to complete the degree requirements.
These awards may be augmented by departmental or grant-funded research assistantships (where permissible by agency rules). The department in which the student is employed and enrolled will determine the duties associated with the assistantship position
The total number of assistantships will be contingent on the availability and source of financial resources; the sponsors reserve the right to curtail the program based on availability of funding.