Dr. Reginald DesRoches: Houstons Rice University’s first African-American provost in a University that once banned Blacks

Click the image above to watch the videoHOUSTON – In 2019, Rice University announced the promotion of the dean of engineering, Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D, to provost. This was a historic moment for the university as Dr. DesRoches became the first African-American provost, especially at a university that didn’t allow blacks until 1965.In honor of Black History Month, Khambrel Marshall sat with the newly appointed provost to talk about Dr. DesRoches’s childhood, his legacy and making history in

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Promoting Diversity in STEM: Female Students Of Color Sent Abroad To See How Far STEM Can Take Them.

With support from the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Bowdoin seniors Brenda Macias and Jhadha King recently flew to Hawai’i to attend a three-day conference on how to encourage greater participation in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).The SACNAS 2019 National Diversity in STEM Conference took place October 31 – November 2, 2019, in Honolulu, attracting more than 5,000 attendees, some students, some working professionals. SACNAS is the Society for Advancement of

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Universities get over $4 Billion in STEM Funding annually, yet HBCUs receive only 0.4%

Lawmakers in the nation’s capital have expressed concerns over inadequate Department of Defense science and engineering funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs).More than 21 Senate and House colleagues, including Congressman Anthony Brown’s (D- 4th District, MD), sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper regarding the importance of investing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs at

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HOWARD UNIVERSITY RECEIVES $4 MILLION DONATION FOR STEM SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Howard University has announced that the college has received a $4 million gift from the Hopper-Dean Foundation to help fund the Bison STEM Scholars Program (BSSP). The monies will provide 10 computer science or computer engineering students with a full-ride scholarship for four years to the university.“The Hopper-Dean donation will make a life-altering difference in the lives of our students and we appreciate their investment and confidence in the University. This generous gift will further

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Why Hip-Hop Belongs in Today’s Classrooms & How It Can Be Used To Teach STEM!

(THE CONVERSATION)When Cassie Crim, a high school math teacher in Joliet, Illinois, introduced herself to her advanced algebra students in 2017, she did it through a rap video.Using a rendition of Cardi B’s “Bodack Yellow,” renamed “Codack Yellow,” Crim referenced math terms and laid down classroom expecations:“These exponents, these is ratios, these is power rulesAlgebra and a lil’ trig, I don’t wanna choose And I’m quick to take a couple (points) off so don’t get comfortable”With rap music

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Meet South Africa’s first black female police pilot, Refilwe Ledwaba & creator of "Girl Fly" a girls club for STEM education!

“I never thought aviation or becoming a pilot was a viable career choice for me as I have never seen anyone that looks like me following that career,” that is a quote from Refilwe Ledwaba, South African Police Service’s first female pilot.Born and bred in Lenyenye in a single-parent household with six siblings in a semi-rural township of the Limpopo province of South Africa, Ledwaba could not pursue a career in science due to outstanding university fees.She ended up at an interview for a

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BLACK WOMAN PROMOTES TECH EDUCATION BY INVENTING THE FIRST COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION DOLL

When Nigerian-born software engineer Bukola Somide worked in corporate America, she would often be the only woman or Black person sitting in the board room during meetings; a common experience for women of color in the field as they make up a mere 3 percent of the tech workforce. The lack of representation fueled Somide to spark change. Now, the entrepreneur is exposing children of color to STEM careers through the creation of the Somi Doll; the first interactive computer science

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This Could Make the Difference in Getting More Girls Involved in STEM

Samone Thompson is a middle school STEM teacher and children’s author. Originally from Alabama, she moved to Oklahoma after college to serve in Teach For America. She currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she mentors young girls of color on career opportunities in underrepresented STEM fields. As an educator and advocate, she has found a passion in assisting efforts to provide more representation of women of color in STEM.This is her story…In middle school, I was the girl who

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Oregon Middle School wins in national STEM contest earning them over 50K in tech & materials from Samsung!

Their project addresses how to detect black ice to prevent car accidentsSISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) — Sisters Middle School has been named one of the winners in Oregon in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The school was chosen from thousands of entries nationwide as one of the 100 winners from 50 states.The school’s entry was a proposed project addressing how to detect black ice on the roads to prevent future car accidents. The project is a programmable road sign that alerts drivers of where

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What’s The Best Place For Those Looking To Begin A Career In STEM?

BEYA is where STEM thought leaders meet to network and find solutions to workplace challenges. Hosted by the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, the conference is co-sponsored by Aerotek and Boston Scientific Corporation.Aerotek is a leading recruitment and staffing agency worldwide and they are a participant and sponsor of this year’s 34th annual BEYA STEM

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