Atlanta’s Spelman College is using a $2 million Department of Defense grant to address minority under-representation in STEM, particularly in computer science, mathematics and physics.
The grant funds a first-of-its-kind Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, which will be an undergraduate research hub. It will include collaborations with DoD personnel, academic enrichment, professional mentorship and a speaker series.
Spelman, the U.S.’s oldest all-female historically black college, is a STEM education leader. In 2017, 26% of graduates earned a STEM degree. That’s 10% higher than other historically black colleges and universities and 9% above the liberal arts college average.
– Katherine Brennecke, The Engineering 100