Discipline: Biological Sciences
Subcategory: STEM Research
Komal Vig - Alabama State University
Co-Author(s): Shree R. Singh
Alabama State University (ASU) is operating a HBCUUP Implementation Project on “Initiative in NanoBioengineering Undergraduate Research and Education for Minority Students (INBUREM)” that is aimed to strengthen the undergraduate curricula, research, recruitment and retention activities in STEM disciplines with emphasis in the area of bioengineering and nanobiotechnology. The program is currently supporting 6 interns working on multidisciplinary projects under the supervision of STEM mentors. The students are provided with `hands-on experience” in nanobiotechnology, bioengineering, biomedical sciences, microbiology and computational sciences along with other enrichment activities. The program will result in new interdisciplinary research collaborations, new interdisciplinary STEM curricula that will strengthen students’ knowledge and analytical skills, and new partnerships with governmental agencies. A leadership team of the STEM faculty members and internal and external advisory committees (consisting of distinguished scientists, administrators and community leaders) are monitoring and reviewing the program outcomes. An external evaluator will conduct annual evaluation and prepare formative and summative reports of the program. The results of the project will be disseminated widely through conferences, meetings and publications and program website (www.alasu.edu/hbcuup). This project will have a broad impact by engaging ~3,600 university students who will benefit from enhanced curriculum, tutoring, and seminars. This project will advance the mission of the University through its provision of high quality degree programs that increase the participation of individuals from minority groups in higher education.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): NSF-HBCU-UP
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,