At NCSU, the enrollment of science, technology, engineering, and math by underrepresented minority graduate students increased by 67% from 1994 to 2003.


NC OPT-ED will extend and build upon the work of existing National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Minority Graduate Education projects and other diversity programs implemented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. It will integrate the resources of the existing programs and encourage collaboration coupled with development of strategies, in order to identify and support underrepresented minority (URM) students who wish to pursue academic careers. The strength and uniqueness of the NC OPT-ED Program is that it incorporates NSF URM initiative programs in North Carolina to form a broader alliance, thus creating effective networks and student pathways to the professoriate.

The core alliance programs are listed below: