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University of Florida Office of Graduate Minority Programs

University of Florida Office of Graduate Minority Programs
115 Grinter Hall
POB 115500
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel: 800-753-9798
Tel: 352-392-6444
Fax: 352-392-3773
Email: ogmp@ufl.edu

The Office of Graduate Minority Programs (OGMP) is a function of the Graduate School dedicated to recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority graduate students. This includes increasing the number of UF graduate students who are ethnic/cultural minorities, underrepresented in their field of study, low-income or first-generation college students, as well as advancing and promoting professional development for all graduate students at the University of Florida. OGMP strives to provide currently enrolled graduate students with programs and services to assist and support the pursuit of a successful graduate education. The programs in OGMP are designed to help students acclimate and assimilate into the University of Florida’s Graduate School. It can provide students with social, informational, referral, and in some cases, financial support. OGMP maintains partnerships with administrative offices, academic units, research centers, student services, and organizations across campus to help students with the graduate experience.

The Counselor Education department has maintained a strong working relationship with the OGMP office. Our students have benefited from their programs designed to help students acclimate to graduate school at UF, have at times worked as graduate assistants in the OGMP office, and benefited from their professional development opportunities. Our faculty members serve on advisory boards associated with OGMP. Whether an applicant or current student, we encourage you to meet the helpful staff at the OGMP office and see how their programming can benefit your career development. Here are just a few of the programs available through OGMP. For a complete list of their programs, please link to the UF OGMP web page.

  • Visit Campus
    • To schedule a campus tour, view the campus map, or take a virtual tour, please click on the Visit Campus link.
  • Board of Education Fellowship
    • Each summer, OGMP selects a cohort of newly enrolled underrepresented Ph.D. students to participate in our six-week summer program. BOE is designed as an orientation to graduate education and promotes acclimation to the University of Florida. OGMP provides students with a $3,500 stipend to help with their transition to Gainesville as well as four-credit hours of paid in-state tuition in their admitted department. To find out about eligibility requirements and application process, please visit the Florida BOE Summer Fellowship Program page.
  • Professional Development
    • This newly formed unit within the Graduate School promotes professional development activities to expose students to a range of career opportunities within and outside academia, and to provide sessions and workshops. OGMP seeks opportunities and means to provide graduate students with additional skills and tools in written and oral communication with non-scientific audiences, the ethical conduct of inquiry, critical thinking and the like. The group works collaboratively with academic and administrative units to create opportunities for students to engage in professional experiences such as internships, international experiences—teaching, research, and graduate study abroad ventures. To access professional development resources, please click on the Professional Development link.
  • UF/Santa Fe Faculty Development
    • The UF/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project is a partnership between the University of Florida and local Santa Fe College that aims to increase faculty diversity at Santa Fe College while providing minority and underrepresented doctoral students at UF with valuable teaching experience. Participants teach two courses per year at SFC and assist in its recruitment and retention of minority and underrepresented students. This program pays tuition, fees and a stipend for a maximum of four years. Participants must have a master’s degree in an approved field, 18 credit hours of graduate level hours in an approved field completed, and have passed their qualifying exams. The application deadline for this program falls in the spring of each year. To be considered for this award you must complete the UF/SFC Faculty Development Project application and the Santa Fe College Employment application and submit them to the Office of Graduate Minority Programs. For more on application process and specific deadline, please click on the UF/Santa Fe Faculty Development link. Our counselor education doctoral students have taken advantage of this program and have worked in advisory and teaching roles, including teaching college success and career and life planning courses in the Student Development Instruction department.
  • Supplemental Tuition Program
    • The UF OGMP Supplemental Retention Scholarship is designed for UF doctoral students, who are three or fewer semesters away from graduation, but are no longer eligible to receive a fellowship, assistantship or other funding from their department or college. It provides limited tuition assistance and the help of a structured retention program under the UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs. For more information, contact the UF OGMP staff by clicking on this link: ogmp@ufl.edu. Applications are available at the OGMP office or online at the OGMP Supplemental Retention Scholarships page.