UAPB STEM program holds signing day

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(Seated left to right): Kennedy McCoy, CeAnna Blunt, Crystal Barnes, Corinne Ridgell, Tye’sha Fields, Deshabrion Williams, Alexis Larkins, Charla Colen. Back Row (left to right): Tylor Johnson, Ben Overton II, Taylor Johnson, Zakiya Warr, Brianna Johnson, Kevin Crumpton, Daniel Johnson II, Drayton Noble

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program had its first signing day for the 2018 Summer Academy recently. The UAPB STEM Academy is a well-integrated set of enrichment programs designed to help meet local, state, and national needs in STEM areas.   As an HBCU with a land grant mission, UAPB has a legacy of service to underserved, rural and minority populations. The Academy reflects this mission and has an emphasis on helping to increase the pool of well-prepared underrepresented minorities in STEM majors and careers.

Currently, there are four enrichment initiatives, including: the NSF-funded HBCU-UP Comprehensive Implementation grant which is foundational to the STEM Academy; the NSF-funded Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant which is a state-wide program with UAPB as the lead institution; the NSF-funded STEM STARS grant program that prepares STEM college graduates for the Master’s degree in teaching science and mathematics in secondary education; and the U.S. Department of Education funded Graduate STEM grant also for teacher preparation in STEM disciplines. All programs are designed to help meet research, teaching, and industry needs in STEM areas with a particular emphasis on diversity.

The programs are led by Dr. Charles R. Colen, Jr., Dr. Anissa Evans Buckner, Dr. William Torrence and Dr. Karl Walker. For more information on any program, please email



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