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National Gem Consortium

The university is a proud member of the National Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) Consortium.

The mission of the National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science.

GEM is a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.

GEM prepares technical leaders for advanced careers in industry, academia, and government agencies by identifying and selecting highly qualified students to complete a program of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate study and industry internships.

Through our university and employer members, and other strategic partners, GEM develops funding to award fellowships and builds mentor networks to support fellows in achieving academic and professional success.


Want to learn how to get your STEM Graduate Degree tuition free?

UT is proud to host the GEM GRAD Lab on Saturday, September 25! Join the virtual webinar hosted by the premiere organization supporting qualified students from underrepresented communities pursuing graduate degrees in applied science and engineering funded by leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions. The Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab offers underrepresented students exposure to the benefits of research and technology careers in a highly interactive one-day event.

Attend the GEM GRAD Lab to:

  • Get paid to attend Grad School
  • Discover Funding Opportunities
  • Learn how to apply to grad school
  • Find out what to expect in grad school

Explore the opportunities at GEM GRAD Lab.

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