The UAPB STEM Academy expresses deep appreciation to all who contribute to its successful outcomes. Special appreciation is extended to our funding agencies:
• The National Science Foundation
• The U.S. Department of Education
• The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority
• The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
• Title III Program (funded through the U.S.
•Department of Education, Office of Post Secondary
•Education, Institutional Services)
All donors are deeply appreciated. - Mary E. Benjamin, Principal Investigator
UAPB STEM Scholars Academy
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards HBCU-UP grants to help increase the number of minority students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has formed partnerships with eight targeted school districts and with research institutions in planning a comprehensive program to increase the number of minority students in STEM areas. The program consists of a transitional summer academy, mentoring, research internships, faculty development, equipment upgrades, curricula redesign and infrastructure enhancement.
At the STEM Scholars Academy level, the scholars are expected to perform and transition from college students to knowledgeable professionals within one of the STEM areas. While obtaining their education, STEM Scholars will perform research projects that will further enhance their knowledge of their field of study.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff STEM Scholars Academy includes students from the following disciplines:
BIOLOGY– Prepares students for careers in research, health sciences, and related field
Chemistry– Prepares students for careers in chemistry or work in research
Computer Science– Prepares students for careers in the computer industry, advanced graduate studies in information sciences, or work as computer programmers
Industrial Technology Management and Applied engineering – Prepares students for diverse careers such as production management, electronics design, quality control management, construction management, quality engineering, and inventory management
Mathematics– Prepares students to become statisticians or for related careers with emphasis on data-based problem-solving and decision-making
Physics– Prepares students for careers in diverse areas such as engineering, research, work as a physicist or science educator
Plant and Animal Sciences– Prepares students for graduate school and careers in the areas of plant and animal sciences
Requirements to become HBCU-UP STEM Scholar
¨ Must have a high school GPA of 2.8 or higher
¨ Must have a composite ACT score of 19 or above
¨ Must complete all application requirements and forms to be submitted in the institution
¨ Must declare a STEM major
Students accepted into the HBCU-UP STEM Scholars program are required to attend regular weekly meetings. Each of those STEM Scholars will also receive a paid research experience throughout the Fall and Spring semesters upon adhering to all of the requirements of the program.