Science Takes Center Stage at Shaw University

Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, is looking to become a leader in scientific research among the nation’s black colleges and universities. Using a $4.3 million federal grant, Shaw is expanding its Roberts Science Building with a 30,000-square-foot addition that will include a new library, and classroom, laboratory, and office space.

Shaw plans to recruit 20 scientists to come to the university to conduct research on racial disparities in disease and health care at its Institute for Health, Social, and Community Research. The college has established an institutional review board to evaluate and approve research projects involving human subjects. It is one of the smallest universities in the nation with this capacity.