5 STEM Partnerships at HBCUs

by Aisha Bowen

According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau, African Americans make up only 11% of the total STEM workforce in 2011. Interestingly, HBCUs are some of the most effective leaders in closing this gap in STEM representation. Many HBCUs are closing this gap by partnering with organizations and universities outside of their network. Thus, Today’s MSI Monday Morning Line-Up highlights 5 STEM partnerships at HBCUs that are providing enhanced opportunities for African American students.

1) Shaw University (HBCU)—Raleigh, NC



Shaw University has a unique partnership with North Carolina State University in the field of ecology. Shaw’s assistant professors of biology, Dr. Dunn and Dr. Eric Butler, have partnered with NCSU’s  world renown ecology professor, Dr. Robb Dunn. With the support of National Science Foundation funding, Shaw University ecology students have the opportunity to study at the Robb Dunn ecology lab.

2) Howard University (HBCU)—Washington, DC

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Howard University created a very innovative partnership with Google to advance diversity within the technology field. Together, Google and Howard University have created the “Howard West” residency program black computer science majors. Eligible juniors and seniors attend Howard West for three months at a time and are instructed by both senior Google engineers and Howard University faculty.

3) Tuskegee University (HBCU)—Tuskegee, AL



Tuskegee University recently established a partnership with Chevron Corporation (located in San Ramon, California), one of the world’s top integrated energy companies, to support multiple, scholarship, academic,  and co-curricular programs in Tuskegee’s College of Engineering. Chevron’s support will provide technological resources (computers, printers, etc), academic scholarships for mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering students, and financially support students in Tuskegee’s eight-week FASTREC summer program that offers intensive, pre-college study in mathematics, engineering and study skills. Click here to learn about this innovative partnership.

4) Morgan State University (HBCU)—Baltimore, MD



Morgan State University has partnered with the NASA Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEEMA) create opportunities for historically underserved K-12 youth in the areas of STEM. The Baltimore SEEMA program is hosted at Morgan State University and is open to all K-12 Maryland students. Baltimore SEMAA program provides hands-on/inquiry-based K-12 curriculum aligned with the National Math, Science, and Technology standards. Learn more about this ground breaking community based STEM partnership here.

5) Bennett College (HBCU)—Greensboro, NC


Bennett College is one of 8 HBCUs partnered with Indiana University for their IU-MSI STEM Initiative. This research and academic partnership between IU and multiple Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) “promotes and develops the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines” (indiana.edu). The  IU-MSI STEM Initiative is an academic and research partnership between Indiana University and multiple Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) that promotes and develops the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Interestingly, the program was created in 2007 by Dr. Adam Herbert, the first African-American president of Indiana University. A few of Dr. Herbert’s goal with this initiative was to increase IU’s diversity, and “enhance HBCU STEM students’ capacities by leveraging IU’s resources” (indiana.edu). Bennett College’s partnership is specifically enhancing the experiences of women of color in STEM. Learn more about this initiative here.

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