The goal of the Pathways to the Doctorate Fellowship is to:
- Create potential future faculty for Texas Higher Education institutions
- Build institutional links and pipelines with Texas A&M System institutions
- Increase diversity at Texas A&M University main campus
Faculty with this fellowship will assist doctoral students in:
- Gaining authentic research experience
- Developing a capacity of critical thinking
- Establishing relationships with research professionals
- Developing leadership skills
- Providing direct access to professional development opportunities that improve their competitiveness for careers
How to apply for a Pathways to the Doctorate Fellowship Grant:
Potential TAMU Faculty Teams: We are not accepting applications for new teams for 2013-2014.
Prospective TAMU Graduate Students:
The following faculty teams currently hold Pathways to the Doctorate Fellowships:
Dr. Nancy Turner, Dr. John Ford, and Dr. Susan Bloomfield: This team is comprised of faculty members from the departments of Nutrition and Food Science, Nuclear Engineering, and Health and Kinesiology. The research interests of this team include dietary chemoprevention of colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, radiation effects on biological tissues, ad loss of bone muscle mass/strength with disuse and simulated space flight.
Dr. Walter Buenger, Dr. Armando Alonzo, Dr. Dale Baum, Dr. Julia Blackwelder, Dr. Carlos Blanton, Dr. Albert Broussard, Dr. Glenn Chambers, Dr. Thomas Dunlap, Dr. Walter Kamphoefner, Dr. Alberto Moreiras, Dr. Ernest Obadele-Starks, and Dr. David Vaught: The research focuses of this team are the history of the Southwest and its borders, and Latino history. The team is particularly interested in the transborder influences of Mexico, the American West, and the American South on the southwest region and its people, and the social construction of ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and political and economic behavior.
Dr. Cynthia Riccio, Dr. Nathan Clemens, Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, Dr. Sandra Acosta: The individual faculty members that make up this team have interests in early language and literacy, bilingual education and second language acquisition, measurement of early literacy, and determination of disability status from neuropsychological perspectives. As a team, their research focuses on the typical and atypical development of language and literacy skills for English Language Learners and takes into consideration, cultural, social, and neuropsychological perspectives on learning disability.
Dr. Jan Janecka, Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary, Dr. Terje Raudsepp, Dr. William Murphy, Dr. Christopher Seabury, Dr. James Womack, Dr. Gil Rosenthal, Dr. Charles Criscione, Dr. Michael Tewes: The research goals of this faculty team address questions in molecular ecology, evolution, behavioral ecology, conservation, and infectious disease dynamics that fall into 5 broad sectors: genomics, phylogenetics, genetics of disease, evolution of phenotypes, and ecological population genetics.
Dr. Pete Teel, Dr. Roger Gold, Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin: This team from the Department of Entomology is interested in research projects medical-veterinary and/or urban entomology. Projects include defining and managing fly-borne parasitism and fly-borne diseases in farmed deer and identifying ticks involved in the maintenance and transmission of equine piroplasmosis, and to develop management procedures to mitigate the risk of disease.
Dr. John Giardino, Dr. Franco Marcantonio, Dr. Mark Everett, Dr. Hongbin Zhang, and Dr. Michael Pope: This faculty team has a research focus on the geological environment. Faculty members have research experience in the areas of geomorphology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, and geophysics, and have brought their research areas together to create a “research family.”
Dr. Nina Robson, Dr. Amarnath Banerjee, Dr. John Buchanan, and Dr. Reza Langari: The faculty members on this team have research experience in the areas of design of mechanisms, kinematics of motion, systems control, motor neuroscience and virtual reality as applied to healthcare development. The team’s current research focuses on defining the mechanisms by which human-motor systems find optimal solutions in order to: improve the flexibility of robotic systems that operate in remote and challenging environments, and the development of technologies to aid people with disabilities.
Dr. Norvella Carter, Dr. Chance Lewis, Dr. Mary Alfred, Dr. Fred Bonner, and Dr. Gwendolyn Webb-Hasan: The research of this team is a collaborative effort between the departments of Teaching, Learning, and Culture, and Educational Administration and Human Resource Development within the College of Education and Human Development, with a particular focus on research involving urban school systems.
Dr. Tim Dellapenna, Dr. Robin Brinkmeyer, Dr. Rainer Amon, Dr. Peter Santschi, Dr. Ayal Anis, Dr. Patrick Louchouam, Dr. Samuel Brody, Dr. Jay Rooker, Dr. Jaime Alvarado, Dr. Gilbert Rowe, Dr. Antonietta Quigg, Dr. Anna Armitage, Dr. Anja Schulze, Dr. Juan Horrillo, and Dr. Vijay Panchan: The primary research focuses of this team are various aspects of coastal sustainability and ecosystem health both in the Gulf of Mexico as well as in coastal oceans and estuarine systems around the world. This team has experts in the areas of watersheds, bays and estuaries studies, pollutants and pathogens in the coastal environment, hypoxia, harmful algae blooms, coastal community planning and design, seafood safety and mariculture, fisheries, coastal and estuarine marine sedimentology, coastal morphodyanmics, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, coastal hazards and land use dynamics, wetlands, economics, and policy to address they impacts of rapid urbanization in coastal zones.
Dr. Craig Coates, Dr. Clare Gill, Dr. Hubert Amrein, Dr. Rene Garcia, and Dr. Paul Samollow: This interdisciplinary team includes members from the departments of Animal Science, Biology, Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Entomology, and Molecular Cellular Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. The team’s interdisciplinary and collaborative research focuses on elements of genetics research.
Dr. Gunnar Schade, Dr. Tom Boutton, Dr. Jim Heilman, Dr. Kevin McInnes, Dr. Georgianne Moore, Dr. Mark Tjoelker, Dr. Astrid Volder, and Dr. Jason West: This faculty research team studies interactions between climate, the carbon cycle, and the water cycle in Urban and Rural Texas Ecosystems. Students under their mentorship engage in research in the areas of climatological effects on soil respiration and carbon storage along rural to urban sites, photosynthesis among tree species growing along pollutants, moisture and heat gradients, impacts of environmental and ecological changes on water supplies and agricultural economy, and impacts of land use/ land cover changes on ecosystem carbon and water cycles.