The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities
in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), a nonprofit organization,
was formed in 1976 to address this problem. Specifically,
GEM exists to increase the number of American Indian, African
American, Latino, Puerto Rican, and other Hispanic Americans
pursuing graduate degrees in engineering, physical science
and natural science disciplines. GEM Fellows also obtain
practical work experience through summer internships at
GEM Employer worksites. EM is a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation
headquartered at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
GEM is jointly sponsored by a consortium of university and
company members. It is governed by a Board of Directors
composed of GEM representatives from university and company
members. The Board is responsible for policy and serves
as the legal representative for the GEM Consortium.