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STEAM REPORT In the medical field, there is a predicted shortage of between 45,000 and 90,000 doctors by 2025. Yet, in 2014, 73 fewer black men applied to medical school than in 1978, and 72 fewer matriculated, the only minority group to see declines. Morehouse is dedicated to filling the need the future holds for the STEM disciplines. According to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the College was the top producer of black male baccalaureates in biological sciences, physics, psychology, as well as mathematics and statistics over the ten-year period from 2005 to 2014. The College was also the second highest producer of black male baccalaureates in chemistry over the same period. Moreover, according to data from the National Science Foundation, Morehouse was the top bachelor’s degree institution for black men who earned doctorate degrees in life sciences and physical sciences from 2005 to 2014. President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79 said that while those numbers are great, the College still has work to do in helping to make sure there are more men to fill the void of college graduates prepared to take on the rising number of STEM-related jobs in this country. Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Garikai Campbell has been working on a long-range strategy for how the College approaches instruction for STEM and STEAM, which includes the arts. “Our STEAM initiatives will drive our strengthening of the areas critical to preparing our students for today’s innovationdriven economy, said Campbell, who is a mathematician. “These initiatives acknowledge the need for and support a collaboration with the arts—broadly conceived to include the liberal arts—to influence our treatment of these scientific areas, and for science to impact how we train leaders to explore and imagine the arts,” he said. The College’s first lady, Carol Espy-Wilson, is a renowned electrical engineer, a respected professor and the founder of OmniSpeech, a company that offers technology to improve sound quality over cell phones, hearing aids and other devices. Shortly after arriving at Morehouse, she started the Carol Espy-Wilson STEM Scholarship Initiative with a goal to increase the number of Morehouse students pursuing graduate degrees in STEM fields; influence scholarly scientific activities emphasizing strong student-faculty and alumni interaction; and intensify student recruitment and research. It all combines to form a College that is even more focused on being a leader in producing the STEM graduates needed in today’s economy. Beazer, who will go into primary care or general surgery, is an apt example. “Morehouse made me evolve into a better student,” he said. “But it also helped me to be comfortable with being who I am. This is the place where I found confidence in myself and confidence in my abilities.” n

STEM PROGRAMS AT MOREHOUSE BUILDING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CAPACITY (BRIC) provides resources to strengthen faculty-initiated research projects and to foster more robust research training for faculty and students. Focus is on the development of minority scientists and eliminate health disparities. DISCOVERING RESEARCH EDUCATION FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN IN STEM, funded by the National Science Foundation, recruits promising black male students in the 11th grade in an effort to grow the pool of African American men to teach science and math. ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientist) advances science and technology by providing financial awards to academically outstanding students studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research. HEALTH CAREERS PROGRAM plays a major role in attracting and increasing the number of Morehouse undergraduates applying to and entering health professional schools. HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, through the support of National Science Foundation, is enhancing the quality of STEM instructional and outreach programs with a goal of increasing participation in the nation’s STEM workforce. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY STEM SCHOLARS PROGRAM: supports 15 students annually with tuition scholarships. Students must be in STEM majors or studying energy or economic development, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. MICRO/NANO OPTICS RESEARCH & ENGINEERING LABORATORY is a state-of-the-art instructional and research laboratory that has an array of advanced technology not normally available to undergraduates—ranging from optical and computational software to nanostructure characterization equipment. MINORITY ACCESS TO RESEARCH CAREERS/UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT TRAINING IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH PROGRAM, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, provides tuition and other support funding in an effort to increase the pool of minority students who want to earn a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. THE MOREHOUSE COLLEGE CULTURAL RELEVANT COMPUTING LAB PROGRAM: investigates societal issues had by people from a variety of different cultures and their possible computing based solutions. Projects fall under the categories of Data Science, Computer Science Education, Broadening Participation in Computing, Virtual Humans, Virtual Mentoring Systems and E-Learning. PHSI – PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES INSTITUTE was created under a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to train and mentor undergraduate students in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health. RISE - MINORITY BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH SUPPORT PROGRAM RESEARCH INITIATIVE FOR SCIENTIFIC ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM has a goal of increasing the number of Morehouse students successfully matriculating in the sciences, and increase the number of students completing graduate-level study in biomedical research programs. RONALD E. MCNAIR POST BACCALAUREATE ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities as they progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. The program provides students the opportunity to publish with their faculty mentors and/or present research findings. S-STEM: RENAISSANCE SCHOLARSHIPS TO TRAIN FUTURE ENGINEERS AND PHYSICAL SCIENTISTS is a pre-engineering program that supplements basic science studies in engineering-relevant fields (e.g., physics, chemistry, computer science and mathematics) through coursework, research, support programs and service projects. STEP - STEM TALENT EXPANSION PROGRAM has a goal of increasing the number of students who receive baccalaureate degrees by increasing retention. The program identifies at-risk students in their freshman year, then provides them comprehensive support and scientific literacy courses. WINTER 2017

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Morehouse Magazine Winter 2017  

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