HAMPTON, Va. (October 16, 2018) –The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded the Hampton University School of Science with a $4 million grant, specifically aimed to enhance research capabilities and strengthen educational programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“Thank you to the Department of Defense for this much appreciated grant. Our students continue to prove that they are the best and the brightest. They are receiving a world-class education at our university where we have continually set the bar high. Hampton students are meeting that bar and exceeding it,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
The Stem Scholars Program (SSP) has already chosen the cohort, 17 Hampton University students who are also Merit Scholars, and began this past summer when they took English 102 Honors and other courses. The program supplements the Merit Scholarships and ensures the full cost of tuition and fees, and room and board are fully paid for four years. Students in the program can be in any of the following majors: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, chemical engineering or computer engineering.
"The SSP program is a unique program that benefits the students and the university. This program provides students with full scholarships and the university gains more students in the trajectory towards STEM careers. So far, it has been a privilege to work with such eager and intellectually, budding scientists as we explore the academic, research and STEM education aspects of this program,” said Dr. Isi Ero-Tolliver, assistant professor for the Hampton University School of Science and Co-PI for the Stem Scholars Program.
Dr. Donald Lyons, Endowed Professor of Physics, is the PI of the grant. He also facilitated the physics pre-college enrichment course of the SSP students and continues to teach the physics lectures during the academic year.
Members of the DoD and Hampton University’s School of Science met recently to officially kick off the program. They sat in on a physics class with the students in the cohort to see what they are learning. This group will meet again in Maryland next semester.
“We have an elite program, but we’re not trying to grow elitists. I think if we can use SSP to help others find their way, then we’ve accomplished a tremendous thing,” said Dr. Vallen Emery, Jr., program manager, HBCU/MI outreach, U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
Stem Scholars are required to spend the summers after their sophomore and junior years conducting research in a DoD laboratory, as interns. The DoD chooses which lab the student will serve their internship. Students must also maintain a 3.30 GPA their entire four years as undergraduate students, which is the same requirement for the Merit Scholarship program.
“This is a great opportunity for a group of high performing undergraduates. I’m excited and am looking forward to them doing great things,” said Dr. Calvin Lowe, Dean of the Hampton University School of Science.