Advisory Board


AGEP TxARM External Advisory Board

Advisory board member with IDP research expertise will work with the activity 2 lead and support team.

Cynthia Fuhrmann, Ph.D.

Assistant dean of career and professional development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Dr. Fuhrmann and her collaborators have done extensive research on IDPs in Biomedical Sciences.


Two advisory board members with evaluation expertise will work with evaluation lead and external evaluators.

Jack Mills, Ph.D.
External evaluator on another AGEP: Pacific Northwest COSMOS. An independent program evaluator out of Claremont, CA, with projects in K-12 and higher education designed to increase participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Programs run by and for underrepresented minority (URM) scholars are a primary focus of this work.

Laura Sample McMeeking, Ph.D.
Oversees the day-to-day activities in the Colorado State University (CSU) STEM Center. As part of her work, she collaborates with faculty and staff at CSU and others outside of CSU to develop and implement high quality research and evaluation in STEM education. Her background and passion in Atmospheric Science led her to earn her PhD in Education & Human Resources with the hopes of learning how to improve earth systems science teaching and student achievement, engage students in STEM, and increase the number of students going through the STEM pipeline.

Advisory board members with social science/education research expertise on current AGEP awards will engage with all activity leads and support to provide expertise on how to integrate social science findings into activities.


Martha Escobar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Psychology, Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She was on faculty at Auburn University 2002-2015 and has been at Oakland since 2015. She regularly teaches Introductory Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Animal Behavior, and Neuroanatomy/Brain and Behavior. She is listed as a consultant on the T-PAC AGEP project.

Advisory board member with expertise working with postdocs


Mark. J.T. Smith, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Smith has experience working with the Purdue-led AGEP focused postdocs.

Advisory board member with expertise working with eminent scholars and mentoring

Christine Stanley, Ph.D.
Professor in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. Dr. Stanley has experience working with Eminent Scholars and Mentoring: ADVANCE project.