The Iowa AGEP Program (AGEP is the acronym for Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) is a National Science Foundation funded program consisting of all three Iowa Regency universities: The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and The University of Northern Iowa. The goal of Phase I, also known as Iowa AGEP 1.0 was to "recruit, retain, and graduate a substantial number of underrepresented US minority graduate students in SME fields..." Students who were admitted into the UNI MA in (pure) Mathematics track as AGEP fellows, and completed the degree, were encouraged to pursue doctoral studies at one of the Alliance universities. AGEP 1.0 has ended and Iowa AGEP has just received funding from the NSF for an AGEP 1.5 project whose goal is to evaluate the work done in AGEP 1.0. The Iowa AGEP is already planning to apply for an AGEP 2.0 grant in 2012.
More information on the Iowa AGEP program is available on the AGEP program web site.