Howard University’s Bison STEM Scholars Program, known as BSSP, will welcome its first round of scholars in fall 2017. Ten top-performing high school students have been selected to complete Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. programs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics discipline.
“We are proud to extend the work that Howard University is doing to increase representation in STEM fields,” said Ron H. Smith, the BSSP director. “We received applications from many qualified students, so narrowing it down was tough, but we are excited to admit and work with the group we have selected.”
Howard University prides itself on being a top producer of black STEM doctoral degrees. However, nationwide, African-American students are completing these programs at a much lower rate than other demographics. Therefore, the BSSP aims to increase those numbers by providing a positive mentoring environment for these first-year college students. The program will prepare students to advance in the expeditiously growing world of STEM and groom them to become leading thinkers, researchers, educators and practitioners in the field of their choice.
Eligible students were expected to have completed all basic high school course requirements as well as the Howard University Math Placement Examination. Recruitment for the program took place nationally with school administrators nominating students with prior research experience who fit the program’s profile. Students accepted into the BSSP are expected to participate in a pre-freshman, six-week Summer Bridge Program, register for at least 15 credit hours per semester and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Program benefits include paid internships, exclusive research opportunities, one-on-one mentorship, department-related field trips and other career-related opportunities.
Modeled after the UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program, the BSSP focuses on providing students with mutual support and mentorship and also reinforces critical thinking skills to enable participants to become global leaders. While academically driven, the BSSP also creates a close-knit community of like-minded students through weekly forums, study groups and other group activities. Students will be required to stay in the same residence halls through their first year and live on campus for the rest of their time at Howard.
For more information about BSSP, contact Ron H. Smith, program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-806-5029.
Written & Edited by:
Claire Ateku & Shamilla Amulega
Office of University Communications