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Encouraging Graduate Education

Encouraging Graduate Education

The College of ACES is partnering with the Graduate College at the University of Illinois to establish relationships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, focused on delivering potential graduate students studying in programs focused on the food, human, and environmental sciences. In 2010 the Graduate College launched Illinois Partners for Diversity (IPD) to bring together administrators and faculty to create institutional collaborations that enhance educational opportunities for underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students.

Illinois Partners for Diversity -

The College of ACES has launched a version of IPD called ACES Partners for Diversity in an effort to bring together administrators and faculty from key land-grant institutions. Partnerships are being built with the institutions listed below focused on recruiting future students and developing collaborative research relationships.

Partner Institutions

Profile Information for Institutions Offering Degrees in Agriculture and Related Areas


Outreach and Recruiting Schedule

September 2016

Sept. 6-7: North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC, Graduate Student Recruitment Visit and A & T Student Research Presentation Day

October 2016

Oct. 12: Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA, Graduate and Professional Schools Day and Undergraduate Student Research

Oct. 17: North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC, Discussion of Collaboration involving international activities (ACES Travel Abroad Director)

Oct. 20: Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, Graduate and Professional School Fair

December 2016

Dec. 4-6: Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, Annual Professional Agricultural Workers' Conference, 1890, 1962, and USDA leaders on agricultual and environmental issues