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Report Cites UMBC as a National Leader in Preparing African American Undergraduates to Complete Ph.D.s in the Natural Sciences and Engineering

October 4, 2010 10:30 AM

[9/30/2010]--UMBC is a national leader in efforts to prepare underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in the natural sciences and engineering, according to a new report from the National Research Council.

UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program is recognized in the report as a model of the kind of program needed at universities and colleges across the country to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in the natural sciences and engineering. The Meyerhoff Program is a focused effort to increase diversity in the natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by recruiting, supporting and graduating students who go on to doctoral study.

“It’s well-documented that the United States needs a strong science and technology work force to maintain global leadership and competitiveness,” said UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, chair of the committee that produced the report. “The minds and talents of underrepresented minorities are a great untapped resource that the nation can no longer afford to squander. Improving STEM education of our diverse citizenry will strengthen the work force in these fields and boost the U.S. economy.”

• Higher education institutions should create programs that provide underrepresented minorities in STEM subjects with strong financial, academic and social support.

For more on the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and other programs at UMBC designed to increase the number of minorities in STEM fields or improve K-12 STEM education, visit this page.

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Posted by alane at September 30, 2010 5:53 PM


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