Howard University has established an infrastructure that coordinates STEM education campus-wide with a focus on producing graduates of excellent quality who can successfully pursue graduate education and assume leadership roles in the engineering and scientific community. Through the HUSEM Program, Howard formed a coordinated, cohesive community of STEM scholars, thereby focusing on increasing STEM enrollment at all levels with a special emphasis on students of exceptional quality. Among the basic values of the HUSEM program are the following:

  • Integration of teaching, learning and research
  • Encouragement of interdisciplinary activities
  • Plans for sustainability of HUSEM activities
  • Linkages with other Howard and NSF initiatives.

The objectives of the initiative are:

Objective 1: To increase the number of graduates with the qualifications and motivation for graduate STEM education by attracting exceptionally qualified high school students into STEM disciplines and providing a seamless direct path to the Ph.D.

Objective 2: To significantly improve retention of STEM undergraduates through active learning experiences, involvement in research, exposure to interdisciplinary dimensions of science and strong academic support.

Objective 3: To increase the number of graduates with the knowledge and skills to provide leadership in the engineering and scientific community.

These goals and objectives represent a natural progression from previous STEM efforts that focused on recruiting and retaining freshman and developing graduate school awareness in STEM students. The successes of the components of the current Historically Black Colleges & Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) project serve as a baseline for the proposed new initiatives.