Discipline: Mathematics & Statistics
Subcategory: STEM Science and Mathematics Education
- Tuskegee University
Co-Author(s): Carol Banks, Willard Collier, Michael Curry, Mahesh Hosur, Mohammed Qazi,Vijay Rangari, Alfred Tchebi-Narteh, Shaik Zainnudin, Martha Escobar, and Melissa McDonald, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
Material scientists have a profound impact on technological, aerospace, agricultural, military, healthcare, transportation and sports industries; however, few colleges and universities in the United States offer undergraduate-level degree programs in this field. To address these deficiencies and the diversity challenges in the current Materials Science and Engineering workforce, a group of STEM faculty at Tuskegee University is collaborating to develop an innovative undergraduate minor and co-curricular model.
Under this grant, juniors and seniors from various STEM disciplines will study in the new material science and engineering minor. In parallel with their primary major, students pursuing a minor in material science and engineering will complete an intensive multidisciplinary coursework in the field, co-curricular activities designed to prepare them for MSE-related graduate studies, and experiences akin to those of STEM professionals. Recruitment of students to pursue this minor will begin in Spring 2018. It is anticipated that during the five-year funding period, the undergraduate minor program will prepare as many as 100 undergraduate STEM majors who will be ready for challenging careers in industry as well as graduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): National Science Foundation, HBCU - UP Implementation Grant#: HRD-179433
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,