Purpose: The GEAR UP Program will address the challenge of preparing engineering and science undergraduates for “Leadership for America and the Global Community.”

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Overview & Objectives

The Global Education and Awareness Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR-UP) is a research initiative whose purpose is to address the challenge of preparing engineering and science undergraduates for global engagement and leadership. GEAR-UP is designed to address the unique challenge of preparing globally engaged scientists and engineers by increasing the number of African-American STEM undergraduates who have international research experience.

Each host site has local university mentors and whose faculty members work in conjunction with Howard University faculty to create and work on projects that are relevant.

The GEAR-UP Program is designed to increase the preparedness of minority engineering and science students to be globally engaged leaders upon graduation through three main avenues:

  • Education: to expose students to international scientific and engineering issues through enhanced course offerings
  • Awareness: to enhance students’ knowledge of engineering and science in an international environment through seminar series
  • Research: to provide the opportunity for minority STEM students to participate in an international research experience. Student researchers work with local university mentors at sites across the world (see list of host sites below).

Host Sites

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