Howard University’s sixth annual Research Week is this week. Highlights include a Research Retreat, which will shed light on who’s who in Howard research, what is being done, where the research is being conducted, and the assets that help enhance external support.
“Over the years, Research Week has become a pivotal event that provides a central venue for our faculty, students and research staff to engage in a collective sharing of the significant volume of research that is conducted on the Howard University campus,” says Bruce Jones, Ph.D., vice president of research in Howard’s Office of Research.
“The week-long events allow faculty, students and research staff to share accomplishments with our government, education, industry and nonprofit constituents in the broader DMV region who attend the events. Without question, our Annual HU Research Week is one of the most significant research-related events that we sponsor,” he said.
Howard University reestablished the Office of Research in July 2018 and appointed Dr. Jones as the chief research officer. The university has more than 9,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states and territories, and 66 nations.
In conjunction with the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine, attendees will discuss the findings of a new report, Minority Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Workforce.
On the agenda are strategies to strengthen research, partnerships, and STEM education at Howard and surrounding historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Of the hundreds of abstract entries submitted for this year’s symposium, more than 525 were chosen in areas that include:
All projects will be showcased to the public and reviewed by a judging committee of higher education professionals.
“People can’t do what they can’t imagine. Howard University Research Week is about changing people’s imaginations,” says Gary L. Harris, former associate provost for research and graduate studies at Howard University and a regular contributor to BEYA’s Leading Voices.