It’s been a hot summer in the United States, but no doubt about it STEM is still cool. That’s why the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) are committed to funding research in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

HBCU-UP, together with the NSF, the government agency that supports ‘research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators across America’ are working to enhance understanding of social barriers.

To help improve access to scientific and technical jobs, the NSF awarded more than a million dollars to the HBCU Identity Research Center for STEM at Morehouse College.

According to the NSF, the HBCU Identity Research Center for STEM project will impact the training of thousands of students, hundreds of faculty, and the academic community.

The research is expected to set the development of the theoretical model for ‘resilient science identity formation’ in collaboration with Virginia State University and other HBCUs.

The HBCU Identity Research Center for STEM will focus on:

1) Research activities that contribute to an increased knowledge base of science identity formation, promote the formation of a resilient identity and ultimately success and retention in STEM;
2) Education activities that contribute to learning about the experiences and accomplishments of STEM education at HBCUs;
3) Knowledge translation activities that will facilitate the development of an intellectual infrastructure to ensure mutually beneficial communication and collaboration between individuals to propagate ideas and discover new research opportunities in the science of broadening participation;
4) Outreach activities to all stakeholders and the broader academic community to engage in project activities and to inform the higher education community.

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