The Graduate Engineering Research Scholars (GERS) program was created in 1999 to increase the number of underrepresented minority students receiving graduate degrees, specifically PhDs, in engineering and entering the professoriate.
While completing their degrees, students in GERS create a community of scholars who meet twice a month for personal and professional development opportunities.
Since its inception, the program has graduated 56 PhDs and 61 MS. Already 13 of the 56 are in faculty positions; an additional 5 are in post-doctoral positions. Of the 56 PhDs, 33 (57%) were awarded to women.