About GEM

Founded in 1976 at the University of Notre Dame, we have operated quietly and steadily to graduate over 3,000 researchers, professors, entrepreneurs, inventors, and business leaders, including over 200 men and women with doctorates in the physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering.

The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science.

GEM recruits high quality underrepresented students looking to pursue Master’s and Doctoral degrees in applied science and engineering, and matches their specific skills to the specific technical needs of GEM employer members.

More than


applicants per year are screened and matched to employer needs.

Students’ average GPA exceeds


across a wide variety of technical majors.

More than


of students accept full time offers from sponsoring employers.

There have been more than


successful GEM Fellowships since 1976

Each year, GEM identifies and recruits more than 1,000 undergraduate students, graduate students, and working professionals for admission to advanced degree programs at the nation’s top universities. Our combination of graduate study and field-related internships make GEM fellows more marketable and more competitive upon Graduation. Employers looking for the best diversity candidates seek GEM.

GEM Programs

We prepare technical leaders for advanced careers in industry, academia, and government agencies by identifying and selecting highly qualified students to complete a program of STEM graduate study and industry internships. GEM also conducts two signature programs to promote the participation and successful graduation of under-represented minorities at the graduate level in science and engineering.

Paid Fellowships and Internships

Through our university and employer members and other strategic partners, GEM develops funding to award fellowships and builds mentor networks to support Fellows in achieving academic and professional success.

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GEM’s signature undergraduate program, called GRAD Lab (Getting Ready for Advanced Degree Laboratory), inspires close to one thousand under-represented STEM undergraduates annually to pursue a graduate degree in engineering or science.

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FFP (Future Faculty and Professionals) provides comprehensive programming to current graduate students to ensure successful completion of rigorous STEM graduate programs.

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Contact us to learn more about becoming a GEM member.