STEM Fields

New Report Shows Diversity Efforts in High-Tech in Academia and the Workforce Have Stalled

New Report Shows Diversity Efforts in High-Tech in Academia and the Workforce Have Stalled

Despite comprising 15 percent of the K-12 student population, Blacks make up just 6 percent of students taking advanced placement computer science courses. In 2020, only 8 percent of bachelor’s degrees conferred in computer science were earned by Black graduates, a decrease since 2016.

Meharry Medical College to Add a New Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Data Science

Meharry Medical College to Add a New Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Data Science

Students in the new program, scheduled to begin in August, will take courses in mathematics, computational science, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, biomedical image processing and analysis, artificial intelligence and deep learning, and computer programming.

Huge Racial Disparities Among Medical Residents in Specific Fields

Huge Racial Disparities Among Medical Residents in Specific Fields

A new report from the Association of American Medical College shows there were slightly more than 7,000 Black or African American medical residents in the 2020-21 year. They made up 5.8 percent of all medical residents. This is less than half of what would be called for if racial parity were to prevail. Many fields had no Black residents at all.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Commits $2 Billion to Diversity Efforts in Biomedical Science

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Commits $2 Billion to Diversity Efforts in Biomedical Science

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced a $2 billion commitment to advancing racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in biomedical science. The new initiative will focus on not only promoting diversity but also developing infrastructure needed to sustain increased diversity.

Vanderbilt University's Renã Robinson Is Leading a National Organization of Black Chemists

Vanderbilt University’s Renã Robinson Is Leading a National Organization of Black Chemists

Renã A.S. Robinson, associate professor of chemistry and Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has been named president of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).

Study Identifies the Whitest Corner of the STEM World

Study Identifies the Whitest Corner of the STEM World

There has been no progress in geoscience Ph.D. degrees in racial and ethnic diversity in 40 years. There has been an increase of racial and ethnic diversity at the bachelor’s degree level but most of this is the result of a larger number of Hispanic graduates. Blacks make up just 3 percent of bachelor’s degree awards.

Selwyn M. Vickers  Is the New President of the American Surgical Association

Selwyn M. Vickers Is the New President of the American Surgical Association

In 1994, Dr. Vickers joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an assistant professor in the department of surgery. After serving as an endowed professor at the University of Minnesota from 2006 to 2013, he returned to Alabama to take the position of dean of the medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A Major Gift Aimed to Address the Huge Racial Gap in STEM Doctoral Programs

A Major Gift Aimed to Address the Huge Racial Gap in STEM Doctoral Programs

Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg Philanthropies have announced the launch of a $150 million effort to directly address historic underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Five partnering HBCUs will receive funding to build pathways toward doctoral degrees in STEM

Pew Research Center Report Documents Racial Gap in STEM Degree Attainment and Employment

Pew Research Center Report Documents Racial Gap in STEM Degree Attainment and Employment

Black students earned 7 percent of STEM bachelor’s degrees as of 2018, the most recent year data is available. This is below their share of all bachelor’s degrees (10 percent) or their share of the adult population (12 percent). Black adults are also underrepresented among those earning advanced degrees in STEM.

Black Students in STEM and Health Graduate Programs Increase But a Large Racial Gap Remains

Black Students in STEM and Health Graduate Programs Increase But a Large Racial Gap Remains

New data from the National Science Foundation show that in pre-pandemic America enrollments in graduate programs in science, engineering, and health fields at U.S. academic institutions were increasing. The increase in Black enrollments in these disciplines increased faster than the rate for enrollments as a whole.

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Received Few or No Doctorates in 2019

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Received Few or No Doctorates in 2019

In 2019 there were 2,512 African Americans who earned doctorates. They made up 7.1 percent of all doctorates awarded to U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. But there are many fields where Blacks earned only a tiny percentage of all doctorates. For example, African Americans earned only one percent of physics doctorates.

Racial Microaggressions May Be Pushing Black Students Out of STEM Disciplines

Racial Microaggressions May Be Pushing Black Students Out of STEM Disciplines

The study by researchers at the University of Illinois found when students of color in STEM majors felt excluded, invisible, or isolated on their college campus because of their race, sometimes combined with discouraging experiences in academic settings, they were less likely to continue in STEM.

National Science Foundation Teams Up With Nine Universities to Boost  Diversity in STEM Faculty

National Science Foundation Teams Up With Nine Universities to Boost Diversity in STEM Faculty

The alliance will provide underrepresented minority doctoral and postdoctoral students training opportunities to learn and network at partner institutions, conduct research exchange visits, and access resources for placement into faculty positions.

NASA Teams Up With Four HBCUs to Promote Engineering Initiatives

NASA Teams Up With Four HBCUs to Promote Engineering Initiatives

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded 14 planning grants to Minority Serving Institutions through its Minority University Research and Education Project, part of the agency’s Office of STEM Engagement. Four of the grant recipients are historically Black universities.

The First African American Woman to Chair a Department at Johns Hopkins Medical School

The First African American Woman to Chair a Department at Johns Hopkins Medical School

Namandjé Bumpus was appointed chair of the department of pharmacology and molecular sciences. She is the first African American woman to chair an academic department at the medical school and the only African American woman currently chairing a pharmacology department at any medical school in the nation.

15 HBCUs to Have the Opportunity to Design STEM Teacher Preparation Programs

15 HBCUs to Have the Opportunity to Design STEM Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Math and Science Initiative has received a planning grant from the Fund II Foundation to design UTeach STEM teacher preparation programs at up to 15 historically Black colleges and universities in six states and the District of Columbia.

Cornell University Seeks to Boost Retention of Black Students in Computer Science

Cornell University Seeks to Boost Retention of Black Students in Computer Science

Two seniors have formed Underrepresented Minorities in Computing at Cornell, a club that seeks to support and inspire students of color in computer and information science. Faculty have received grants to offer a four-week summer program to rising sophomores in computer science.

Report Examines Recruitment and Retention of Black Students in Physics and Astronomy

Report Examines Recruitment and Retention of Black Students in Physics and Astronomy

According to the report from the American Institute of Physics, “The persistent underrepresentation of African Americans in physics and astronomy is due to the lack of a supportive environment for these students in many departments, and the enormous financial challenges facing them.”

New CUNY Program to Help Minority Entrepreneurs Learn Emerging Technologies

New CUNY Program to Help Minority Entrepreneurs Learn Emerging Technologies

The City University of New York has announced the creation of an emerging technology mentorship program that targets 250 small businesses owned by veterans, minorities, and women throughout New York City.

Xavier University of Louisiana Debuts a Physician Assistant Degree Program

Xavier University of Louisiana Debuts a Physician Assistant Degree Program

This new program makes Xavier one of four colleges in Louisiana, one of two in New Orleans, and one of only three historically Black colleges and universities in the nation to offer a physician assistant program. Xavier University now offers 12 master’s degree programs.

IUPUI Seeks to Boost Research Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in Neuroscience

IUPUI Seeks to Boost Research Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in Neuroscience

The new program includes a summer bridge program and a first-year science seminar that introduces students to neuroscience. The program also provides paid research opportunities, making it possible for students to conduct research in lieu of a paid job off-campus.

Penn State's Program to Increase Black Doctoral Students in STEM Meets With Success

Penn State’s Program to Increase Black Doctoral Students in STEM Meets With Success

About half of all Millennium Scholars at Penn State have gone on to be accepted in doctoral degree programs in STEM fields. The first two are expected to receive their Ph.D.s this coming spring.

Eighteen HBCUs Get Grants From the Defense Department to Buy Research Equipment

Eighteen HBCUs Get Grants From the Defense Department to Buy Research Equipment

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $23.2 million to minority-serving institutions as part of the fiscal year 2019 Department of Defense Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions Research and Education Program.

Georgia State Program Seeks to Boost Number of Black Male Teachers in STEM Fields

Georgia State Program Seeks to Boost Number of Black Male Teachers in STEM Fields

The U.S. Department of Education estimates that just 2 percent of teachers are Black men. A new initiative at Georgia State University is seeking to encourage more Black men to become teachers in STEM disciplines.

The University of Florida Has the Most Black Women Faculty in Engineering

The University of Florida Has the Most Black Women Faculty in Engineering

According to the American Society for Engineering Education, a nonprofit dedicated to engineering education, the seven Black women faculty members in engineering are the most among the 338 four-year degree-granting engineering schools in the United States.

The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at Florida State University

The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at Florida State University

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Kalisa Villafana decided at the age of 12 that she would be a physicist.

University of Wisconsin Looks to Raise Number of Black Students in Chemistry Doctoral Programs

University of Wisconsin Looks to Raise Number of Black Students in Chemistry Doctoral Programs

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has partnered with the American Chemical Society to train more students from underrepresented groups in chemical research. The goal is to increase the number of these students in chemistry doctoral programs.

Liselle Joseph's Milestone Achievement at Virginia Tech

Liselle Joseph’s Milestone Achievement at Virginia Tech

Liselle Joseph was awarded a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She is the first woman from an Eastern Caribbean nation to earn a Ph.D. in the field.

University of Maryland Baltimore County to Expand Meyerhoff Scholars Program to California

University of Maryland Baltimore County to Expand Meyerhoff Scholars Program to California

The Meyerhoff Scholars program is recognized as one of the most effective models in the country to help inspire, recruit, and retain underrepresented students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM disciplines.

University of Massachusetts Partners With the University of South Africa

University of Massachusetts Partners With the University of South Africa

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding that will establish a framework for future research, faculty, and student exchanges between the two universities.

Harvard University Making Strides In Faculty Diversity

Harvard University Making Strides In Faculty Diversity

Since 2004, tenured-track appointments at Harvard University are up 54 percent for underrepresented minorities, which is particularly striking since the overall number of tenure-track faculty has decreased by 18 percent over the same time period.

Texas Tech Medical School Will No Longer Use Race as a Factor in Admissions Decisions

Texas Tech Medical School Will No Longer Use Race as a Factor in Admissions Decisions

This is the first agreement reached between the Trump administration and a college to forgo using race as a factor in the admissions process.

Black Role Models Play a Large Role in STEM Retention Rates for African American Women

Black Role Models Play a Large Role in STEM Retention Rates for African American Women

According to the research, Black women earn only 2.9 percent of all STEM bachelor’s degrees in the United States. This is far below the rate of White women, despite the fact that White women and Black women are equally likely to express an interest in STEM fields at the beginning of their college careers.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Faculty to Train Nursing Students in Jamaica

University of Alabama at Birmingham Faculty to Train Nursing Students in Jamaica

The University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing has partnered with the World-Health Organization Collaborating Center at the University of West Indies-Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica, to improve how they train nursing students by using simulators.

Four Black Scholars With Current Ties to Academia Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Four Black Scholars With Current Ties to Academia Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

According to an analysis of the new membership list by JBHE, there are six Black scholars among the 86 new members of the National Academy of Engineering. Thus, Blacks make up 7 percent of the new members. A year ago, there were three African Americans among the 83 new members of the Academy.

University of Minnesota Partners With the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

University of Minnesota Partners With the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Under the agreement, University of Minnesota faculty members and graduate students will travel to Africa to serve as lecturers and to mentor students. Officials hope that the new partnership will funnel African students to graduate programs in mathematics at the University of Minnesota.