Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Howard University, HBCU Leaders Cite Success in Effort to Increase Minority Students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields

WASHINGTON – November 27, 2013. The Board of Governors for the Washington Baltimore Hampton Roads Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (WBHR-LSAMP) met at Howard University on Nov. 19 to address the under-representation of minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and careers. While leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) were optimistic about the progress that has been made, they stressed that more work is still needed.

“It is important that we remain committed to increasing opportunities for minority students in STEM disciplines and careers,” said Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, interim president of Howard University. “By recruiting highly motivated STEM scholars and researchers, collaborating on STEM program development, and expanding mentorship opportunities, we can help change the world and enhance humanity.”

Howard is the lead institution in the WBHR Alliance. Other institutions include Bowie State University, Morgan State University, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Virginia State University and the University of the District of Columbia. In an effort to build on its success, the alliance is focusing its efforts on developing stronger partnerships with the federal government and national laboratories, and pursuing opportunities for expanded STEM-related domestic and international student and faculty research and exchange opportunities.

Since its creation in 1994, the WBHR-LSAMP program has increased the number of minority students receiving degrees in STEM disciplines. During the 2012-13 academic year, WBHR-LSAMP universities produced 1,592 degree recipients in STEM disciplines. The alliance is expected to exceed its goal of producing 1,600 or more STEM degree recipients by the 2015 academic year. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the WBHR-LSAMP program is a nationally recognized initiative designed to increase the diversity, quality and quantity of students matriculating in STEM baccalaureate and graduate degree programs.


Howard University LogoFounded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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