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Release Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:50 PM
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Howard Maintains No. 1 Rank by National Science Foundation
WASHINGTON, DC (April 22, 2013) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has once again ranked Howard University as the top producer of African-American bachelor’s degree recipients who subsequently earned science and engineering doctoral degrees in the United States. The report, “Baccalaureate Origins of U.S.-trained S&E Doctorate Recipients” examines trends over the past decade among private, public, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and international institutions.

"Howard's continued positioning as the leading producer of baccalaureate degree recipients who later earn science and engineering degrees in the nation reflects our commitment to advancing the STEM disciplines," said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. "As we plan for the future, investing in pipelines such as the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science will ensure that we develop the next generation of scientists and scholars to address global and national problems."
Howard led the country with 220 African American doctoral recipients in science and engineering from 2002- 2011. According to the report, 10 of the top 11 baccalaureate-origin institutions of black science and engineering doctorate recipients from 2002–11 are HBCUs, and 19 of the top 20 are either HBCUs or research universities with very high research activity. Rounding out the top 10 were Spelman College (175), Florida A & M University (154), Hampton University (150), Xavier University (126), Morehouse College (106), Morgan State University (102), North Carolina A&T University (102), Southern University A&M College at Baton Rouge (100), and Tuskegee University (80).

On April 18, Howard University hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Interdisciplinary Research Building. The 81,000 square-foot mixed-use academic building is the cornerstone of the University’s academic renewal initiative that fosters more cross-disciplinary scientific investigation, training graduate students using cutting-edge technology, and enhancing our research platform. The building will include wet and dry laboratories, instructional space, research support space, ground floor retail, and centralized offices for faculty, students and academic staff.
Frederick also credited the faculty’s engagement with students for the first-place ranking.

“The faculty’s guidance of students as mentors, professional advisors, and researchers is fundamental to our development of the nation’s leaders in sciences,” said Frederick. “The report also highlights the importance and value of HBCUs in the production of a diverse workforce in the STEM disciplines.”

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Founded 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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