\"These are students we want to recruit.\"
—Beth Olivares, assistant dean of diversity initiatives
GEM is a consortium of universities and corporations that builds a strong support system for students pursuing advanced degrees. As GEM Fellows, students have access to internship opportunities with corporations including Ford Motor Company, DuPont, Bausch & Lomb, and Exxon Mobil, among others. In addition, GEM Fellows receive a stipend while attending graduate school, which is supplemented by member universities. Students who enroll at the University of Rochester will attend tuition-free.
\"One of the greatest benefits to being a GEM institution is that we are now on the radar screen for minority students applying to top-tier research institutions who might not have considered the University otherwise,\" said Beth Olivares, assistant dean of diversity initiatives. \"These are students we want to recruit, who will be very successful in our graduate programs.\"
The first class of GEM students will matriculate in the fall 2010, but current undergraduates will see the benefits of attending a GEM institution this year. Rochester seniors can access to GEM\'s Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab, a series of one-day workshops and webinars designed to expose underrepresented students to the value of research and technology careers.
Over the past three decades, GEM has provided funding to more than 3,000 men and women pursing engineering and sciences masters or doctoral degrees. GEM alumni include Ursula Burns, president of Xerox Corporation; Powtawche Williams, member of the Cassini Navigation team at NASA\'s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Juan G. Santiago, director of the Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory.
Along with the University, other New York State universities enrolled in the GEM program include Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University, among others.
About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Memorial Art Gallery.