STEM Fields

Illinois Schools Collaborate to Launch STEM Tech Camp for Teens From Underrepresented Groups

Illinois Schools Collaborate to Launch STEM Tech Camp for Teens From Underrepresented Groups

Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Illinois Institute of Technology have partnered with the Oakland-based Kapor Center to launch the Illinois SMASH Academy, a 5-week, all-expenses paid STEM summer camp for high school students from underrepresented groups.

The CUNY School of Medicine is a Leader in Producing Minority Physicians

The CUNY School of Medicine is a Leader in Producing Minority Physicians

In 2018, the Association of American Medical Colleges cited the City University of New York School of Medicine as the fifth top medical school in the country for recruitment of Black and African-American students, exceeded only by the four historically Black medical schools.

Thomas Edison State University Launches the Journal of Women and Minorities in Technology

Thomas Edison State University Launches the Journal of Women and Minorities in Technology

The new publication will be an open access journal that provides quality peer-reviewed articles written by academic and professionals in the fields of aviation, nuclear technology, cybersecurity, and information technology. The articles will provide technical and soft-skills information aimed at helping women, African Americans and professionals from other underrepresented groups succeed in these fields.

Study Finds Academic Engineering Remains Largely the Domain of White Men

Study Finds Academic Engineering Remains Largely the Domain of White Men

The study found that 82 percent of the deans at the nation’s 300 or more accredited engineering schools are men and 74 percent are White. For faculty, only 2.3 percent of all faculty at accredited schools of engineering are Black.

Two American Universities Help Build Dental Surgery Program in Rwanda

Two American Universities Help Build Dental Surgery Program in Rwanda

The African nation of Rwanda has a population of more than 12 million. Yet there are only 40 registered dentists in the country. A new program established with the assistance of scholars at Harvard University and the University of Maryland aims to help reduce the shortage.

The First Cohort of E.E. Just Postgraduate Fellowships in the Life Sciences

The First Cohort of E.E. Just Postgraduate Fellowships in the Life Sciences

Bianca Marlin is a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at Columbia University in New York City and Elizabeth Ransey is postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Clemson  Aims to Increase the Number of Black Ph.D. Students in Chemical Engineering

Clemson Aims to Increase the Number of Black Ph.D. Students in Chemical Engineering

Clemson University will recruit these students from its own master’s and undergraduate programs as well as at historically Black colleges and universities throughout the South.

African Americans Making Slow Progress in Engineering Degree Attainments

African Americans Making Slow Progress in Engineering Degree Attainments

A new report from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities found that Blacks earned 3.9 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in engineering in 2016. They received 2.2 percent of all master’s degrees awarded in engineering fields and 1.9 percent of all Ph.D.s in engineering that year.

Johns Hopkins Partners With Two HBCUs to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Professions

Johns Hopkins Partners With Two HBCUs to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Professions

Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and Coppin State University have established the Academic Success via Postdoctoral Independence in Research and Education program, an intensive effort that bridges engineering, medicine, and biology for translational research that address challenges related to human health.

New Scholarships for Mississippi State Engineering Students From Underrepresented Groups

New Scholarships for Mississippi State Engineering Students From Underrepresented Groups

Southern Company, one of the leading energy companies in the country, has made a gift to Mississippi State University that will help students from underrepresented groups pursue an engineering degree at the university’s James Worth Bagley College of Engineering.

University of Southern California's New Program to Boost Diversity in STEM Graduate Education

University of Southern California’s New Program to Boost Diversity in STEM Graduate Education

The Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) will partner the School of Education at the University of Southern California with over 30 professional organizations to increase diversity in STEM doctoral degrees.

Sylvester James Gates to Lead the American Physical Society

Sylvester James Gates to Lead the American Physical Society

Dr. Gates, Ford Foundation Professor at Brown University, has been named to the presidential line of the American Physical Society, a nonprofit organization that represents more than 55,000 physicists worldwide. Dr. Gates will serve as vice president in 2019, president-elect in 2020, and president in 2021.

Mark Dean Is the New Leader of the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee

Mark Dean Is the New Leader of the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee

Professor Dean, who holds three of the nine patents in the earliest development of the personal computer, joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2013. Earlier, he was chief technology officer for the Middle East and Africa for IBM.

Howard University Makes Great Strides in Gender Diversity in Engineering

Howard University Makes Great Strides in Gender Diversity in Engineering

At the College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University, 43 percent of students who earned engineering degrees in 2016 were women. This is more than double the national average. The percentage of women assistant professors in the college increased from 9 percent in 2015 to 39 percent today.

Levi Thompson to Be the Next Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Delaware

Levi Thompson to Be the Next Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Delaware

Dr. Thompson is currently the Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He also serves as the director of the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory at the university.

Three African American Men to Be Inducted Into the National Academy of Engineering

Three African American Men to Be Inducted Into the National Academy of Engineering

Two of the three new Black members of the National Academy of have current academic affiliations. They are Lynden A. Archer, the James Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Cornell University and Gary S. May, the chancellor of the University of California, Davis.

New Agreement Will Ease Transition of Alcorn State Students to the College of Pharmacy at Ole Miss

New Agreement Will Ease Transition of Alcorn State Students to the College of Pharmacy at Ole Miss

Alcorn State students who excel in pre-pharmacy courses and who have been active participants in community service programs will be able to take advantage of the University of Mississippi College of Pharmacy’s Preferred Admission Program.

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Engineering Programs

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Engineering Programs

The KUEST (KU Engineering, Science and Technology) program aims to expand and fill the pipeline of underrepresented engineers, including women and minorities, with an array of programs aimed at students as young as middle school.

Ernest J. Grant Will Be the First Man to Lead the American Nurses Association

Ernest J. Grant Will Be the First Man to Lead the American Nurses Association

Dr. Grant is an internationally recognized burn care and fire safety expert and oversees the nationally acclaimed North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He also teaches at the university’s School of Nursing.

Two Rwandan Scholars in the U.S. Seek to Broaden Opportunities for Other African Students

Two Rwandan Scholars in the U.S. Seek to Broaden Opportunities for Other African Students

The African STEM Network or AFRISNET, will be an online resource that will provide resources, information, and assistant to African students seeking educational opportunities or internships in the United States.

School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Names Its Next Dean

School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Names Its Next Dean

Currently, Dr. Martin is the Bob Benmosche Professor, chair of the department of civil engineering, and the founding director of the Risk Engineering and Systems Analytics Center at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Stephanie Adams Will Lead the American Society for Engineering Education

Stephanie Adams Will Lead the American Society for Engineering Education

Stephanie Adams is dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She will serve one year as president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education beginning in June and will become president of the organization in June 2019.

New Study Aims to Identify Best Practices in Mentoring to Increase Diversity in STEM Fields

New Study Aims to Identify Best Practices in Mentoring to Increase Diversity in STEM Fields

Angela Byars-Winston, professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected to lead a committee of the National Academy of Sciences that will seek to identify the best mentoring techniques to bring more women and members of underrepresented groups into STEM fields.

Dilliard University's Nursing Programs Getting Back on Track

Dilliard University’s Nursing Programs Getting Back on Track

In the spring of 2016, Dillard University announced that it would suspend admissions to its bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Now it has received initial approval to implement its restructured baccalaureate nursing programs for the spring semester in 2019.

Bowie State University Launches the New Department of Technology and Security

Bowie State University Launches the New Department of Technology and Security

The new department offers a bachelor’s degree program in computer technology, the only such program within the 12-campus University System of Maryland. The inaugural chair of the new department is Professor Lethia Jackson.

The University That Produces the Most Graduates Who Go on to Complete M.D./Ph.D. Programs

The University That Produces the Most Graduates Who Go on to Complete M.D./Ph.D. Programs

Since the 2000-01 academic year, 427 African Americans have earned M.D./Ph.D. degrees in the United States. Of these more than 10 percent were alumni of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Vanderbilt University's Short Pipeline Program Aims to Increase Medical School Diversity

Vanderbilt University’s Short Pipeline Program Aims to Increase Medical School Diversity

Sophomore students from three historically Black colleges and universities spend the summer at the medical school conducting research and preparing for the Medical College Admission Test. If they meet certain requirements, they will be admitted to the medical school upon graduation.

Advanced Placement Course Provides a Huge Boost to Underrepresented Students in Computer Science

Advanced Placement Course Provides a Huge Boost to Underrepresented Students in Computer Science

A new Advanced Placement Program for high school students is increasing the number of young students from underrepresented groups who are taking courses in computer science.

Survey Finds Widespread Racial and Sexual Harassment in Astronomy and Planet Science

Survey Finds Widespread Racial and Sexual Harassment in Astronomy and Planet Science

Researchers surveyed a large group of professionals and found that 39 percent of all respondents reported that they had been verbally harassed and 9 percent stated that they have been physically harassed at work within the past five years. Women of color were the most likely to be victims.

Black Scholar to Lead the Women in Engineering ProActive Network

Black Scholar to Lead the Women in Engineering ProActive Network

Amy Freeman is the assistant dean of engineering outreach and inclusion at Pennsylvania State University. She recently began a one-year term as president of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network.

New Academy Seeks to Prepare Black Students for Graduate Study in Health Care Management

New Academy Seeks to Prepare Black Students for Graduate Study in Health Care Management

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Health Professions recently launched the Academy for Addressing Health Disparities through Health Care Leadership.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa Awards Its 100th Master's Degree

Carnegie Mellon University Africa Awards Its 100th Master’s Degree

This year, 33 students from Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda earned master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering and information and communication technology. It was the fourth commencement ceremony for Carnegie Mellon University Africa.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Makes Major Commitment to STEM Diversity

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Makes Major Commitment to STEM Diversity

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected 24 educational institutions to receive $1 million grants to promote STEM education. The initiative focuses on those undergraduates who come to college from diverse backgrounds and pathways.

A Shortage of African American Men in the Medical Profession

A Shortage of African American Men in the Medical Profession

Today, African American men make up just 2.8 percent of all medical school applicants. Of all African American medical school applicants, men make up only 38 percent of the total.

Two New Academic Offerings in STEM at North Carolina Central University

Two New Academic Offerings in STEM at North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, will now offer academic programs in computational and engineering mathematics and engineering physics.

Florida A&M University Designated a Leader in Cyber Defense Education

Florida A&M University Designated a Leader in Cyber Defense Education

Florida A&M University, the historically Black educational institution in Tallahassee, was recently designated by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.