Northern Ohio Alliance for Graduate Education & the Professoriate

Interested in a biology or chemistry graduate degree? Financial, academic and professional support is available at KSU through the Northern Ohio Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NOA-AGEP)

With support from the National Science Foundation, the Northern Ohio AGEP Alliance (NOA-AGEP) was created to increase the number of underrepresented minority students completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) doctoral degrees and to prepare them for entry into the professoriate.

Kent State AGEP Scholar Benefits

Each year, Kent State AGEP Scholars Receive:

  • Stipend enhancements (in addition to department funding): 
    • AGEP Scholar awards: $1,000/year for 4 years
    • AGEP Scholar Support: $3,000/year for fees, laptops, memberships, etc.
    • Eligible for Graduate Dean’s Award: $2,500 per yr for 2 years
  • Travel allowance to attend a research conference ($1,000 per year)
  • Opportunities to participate in professional development activities/community building events (e.g. academic coaching, mentoring circles, NOA-AGEP research symposia)

Why choose Kent State University?

The multi-campus Kent State University system boasts a student body of more than 35,500 undergraduates and 5,500 graduate students who represent all 50 states and over 100 countries. Kent State ranks* among the top 77 public universities in the country (*Carnegie foundation). Within the STEM fields we offer doctoral programs in Biological Sciences (in Cell Biology, Ecology, and Physiology), Biomedical Sciences (in Biological Anthropology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Neurosciences, Physiology, and Pharmacology), and Chemistry (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical).

Apply to become a Kent State AGEP scholar

Information about the graduate faculty research areas, programmatic requirements and admission criteria can be found on the following Kent State graduate program websites, that are admitting AGEP Scholars.


Prospective AGEP Scholars should contact the AGEP site coordinator for Kent State, Gail C. Fraizer, M.P.H., Ph.D., for help with the application process. 


Gail C. Fraizer, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Undergraduate Coordinator and Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program co-Director
Department of Biological Sciences

Phone: 330-672-1398

Improving Future STEM Education

The AGEP Scholars program will serve as a model for ongoing research to improve underrepresented minority student participation, preparation and success in STEM graduate education—an approach that can be exported nationally. Financial support is provided by NOA-AGEP via an NSF funded award.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (HRD 1432950). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.