An Academic Redshirt Program in Washington State

Under the redshirt program, entering students will take five years to complete their bachelor’s degree in a STEM field. The program is targeted at students who are eligible for the federal Pell Grant program.

Clemson University Launches Major Effort to Increase the Number of Blacks in Computer Science

Clemson University in South Carolina received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of African Americans who pursue degrees in computer science and to improve retention of Black students in these programs.

The First Graduate of the UConn Medical School from the Rowe Health Scholars Program

The program, funded by the Aetna Foundation, is aimed at increasing the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who pursue careers in the healthcare field.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Works With Army ROTC to Provide Scholarships in STEM Fields

Under the program, representatives of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund visited 452 high schools, community organizations, and other groups to provide information about opportunities in the Army's Reserve Officer Training Program.

Coppin State to Build New $80 Million Science and Technology Center

The 150,000-square-foot facility will house academic departments in biology, physics, chemistry, and environmental science. In addition the facility will support programs for dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy training.

Two African Americans Awarded Gilliam Fellowships

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has chosen nine students for its 2013 Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study. The students receive $46,500 per year, for up to four years, for doctoral studies in the life sciences. Two of nine fellows are African Americans.

The New Dean of Arts and Sciences at Fort Valley State University

Victor M.D. Brown has been serving as dean of the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Technology at Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of the West Indies.

CalTech’s Stephen Mayo Appointed to the National Science Board

Professor Mayo joined the faculty at CalTech in 1991 and for a time was the only African American on the university's faculty. From 2007 to 2010, he served as CalTech's vice provost for research.

Florida A&M University Professor Using Plants From His Native Ghana for New Medicines

Seth Y. Ablordeppey, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, has received a U.S. patent for a compound that fights a staph infection that is resistant to common antibiotics.

New Robotics Laboratory Opens at Elizabeth City State University

The laboratory will train university students to design, build, and program robots and to operate them remotely and autonomously. It will also be used during a summer outreach effort aimed at increasing interest among high school in pursuing careers in high technology industries.

New Mentoring Program for Minority Nursing Students at the University of Cincinnati

Advising Minorities By Inspiring & Transforming Them Into Outstanding Nurses (AMBITION) is a new mentoring and networking group for pre-nursing minority students at the University of Cincinnati.

Science Internships in High School Can Influence Career Plans of Gifted Black Youth

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has found that mentoring Black students in the sciences in high school can have a major impact in influencing gifted students to pursue degree programs in STEM fields.

The Top Feeder Schools for Black Medical Students

Howard University produced the most Black applicants to U.S. medical schools in 2011 but by a large margin Xavier University in New Orleans produced the most graduates who earned medical degrees.

A Second Doctoral Program Is Authorized at Winston-Salem State University

The historically Black university in North Carolina has been approved to establish a doctor of nursing practice degree program. The new doctoral program could enroll its first students as early as this coming fall.

Xerox CEO Ursula Burns Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

It appears that Burns, who holds degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Columbia University, is the only African American among the 69 new inductees of the academy.

Howard University Scientists on an Ocean Research Expedition

A team of faculty and graduate students at Howard University has spent the last five weeks aboard a research ship of the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration studying particles in the air coming off the coast of West Africa.

A Check-Up on Black Progress in Nursing Degree Programs

According to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Black have made tremendous progress over the past decade in increasing their percentage of students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in nursing.

Faculty From Five HBCUs Chosen to Participate in a Leadership Development Program

The Association of American Colleges and Universities program seeks to prepare women of color in STEM disciplines for academic and administrative leadership positions.

Eighteen-Year-Old African American Earns Degree in Physics at Southern University

During college he conducted summer research at North Carolina State University. He plans to start graduate school in the fall and pursue a career in biological and physics engineering.

Medical Prodigy Is a Freshman at Florida A&M

At age 14 Tony D. Hansberry developed a new suture method for patients undergoing hysterectomies. The new method decreases hospital stays for women who undergo the surgery.

Florida A&M University Professor Is on the Cutting Edge of HIV Research

Kinfe Ken Redda, professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University, has received a U.S. patent for the development of therapeutic agents for the treatment of HIV.

Xavier University Fast Tracks Students Into Its Professional Pharmacy Program

Xavier University in New Orleans has a stellar record in producing Black graduates in STEM fields. Many of these graduates go on to medical school and to careers in the health professions.

Satellite Management Project at Bowie State University Comes to an End

For the past eight years, Bowie State University in Maryland has acted as mission control for NASA's solar, anomalous and magnetospheric particle explorer satellite.

Taking Measure of Black Students in STEM Courses

Nearly 86 percent of African American college students take at least some STEM courses during their college years. This is only slightly lower than the rate for White college students.

Karine Gibbs of Harvard University Wins Packard Foundation Fellowship

An assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, Dr. Gibbs will receive a total of $875,000 over the next five years to use in any way she wants to further her research.

Addressing the Racial Divide in STEM Education

The data suggests that attracting Black students to STEM fields is not the problem but keeping them there is a major concern.

Survey Finds That Black Youth Are Not Interested in STEM Careers

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia found that 61 percent of all Black high school students are not interested in pursuing a career in heath care or the sciences.

Boosting the Number of Minorities in Engineering

The Consortium of Minority-Serving Engineering and Technology Programs at Urban, Public Universities presented a plan to Congress to increase the number of minorities in the engineering field by 60 percent over the next 12 years.

University of Arkansas’ Stellar Record in Boosting Black Engineering Enrollments

Over the past five years, the number of African American first-year students in the College of Engineering has increased from 16 to 64, a 300 percent rise.

Using Hip-Hop to Attract Black Students to the Chemical Sciences

Sabrina Collins of the College of Wooster and her colleagues developed a Powerpoint presentation that uses hip-hop concepts to make chemistry more appealing to minority students.

Arizona State University Professor Seeks to Advance Engineering Education in Africa

Over the past 15 years, Arizona State University professor Terry Alford has made 12 trips to Africa to teach two-week engineering seminars at schools and universities.

Black Degree Attainments in Engineering

In 2011, Blacks earned 4.2 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering. A decade ago in 2002, Blacks earned 5.4 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering.

Case Western Reserve Aims to Increase Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

The Association of Underrepresented Minority Fellows (AUMF) has a new academic home at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The New Class of UNCF/Merck Science Initiative Scholars

Now in its 17th year, the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative has provided scholarships and fellowships to 627 students.

Program Seeks to Increase the Diversity of Neuroscience Faculty

The Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigations in Neuroscience (BRAINS) program will feature a three-day seminar this coming January on Bainbridge Island in Washington.

Students at HBCU Develop Product That Uses Heat From a Human Hand to Charge...

The technology could also be used on other devices such as laptop and tablet computers and music players. The coating could also be applied to automobiles to boost fuel efficiency.

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