The National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and University Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means to broaden participation in the Nation's STEM workforce. The program provides support for the implementation of comprehensive institutional strategies to strengthen STEM teaching and learning in ways that improve access to and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.
The 2-Pi STEM (STEP-UP 2-Pathways into STEM) Program is funded by National Science Foundation and is designed to create pathways to professional careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through awareness activities, field experiences, teaching and learning through project-based activities. In addition, 2-Pi STEM provides support for the implementation of comprehensive institutional strategies to strengthen STEM teaching and learning in ways that improve access to and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines. 2-Pi STEM consist of three distinct programs designed to recruit and retain STEM majors, while enhancing their STEM college experience.
Summer Enrichment Institute
The Summer Enrichment Institute is designed to provide students with a structured environment customized to enhance their academic performance in STEM courses and to expose them to the various STEM Careers. High school students participate in a variety of fun-filled, exciting and challenging activities that focus primarily on academic development, career development, and mentoring. Activities are conducted using interactive group discussions, games, cooperative learning strategies, computer labs, invited guest speakers, field experiences, role playing, and hands-on approaches to help students apply a given strategy or concept.
2-Pi STEM Scholars and Learning Community
2-Pi STEM engages LSCC STEM majors in on-going cross-curricular mentoring within STEM learning communities with an emphasis on improving STEM persistence and efficacy in STEM courses. The learning communities are comprised of STEM majors, student interns, STEM faculty mentors, and STEM stakeholders. The learning communities utilize enhanced STEM laboratories (Mathematics Computer Lab, the Robotics Lab, and the 3-D Modeling and Rapid Prototype Lab) for workshops, cross-curricular project-based activities and hands-on learning. STEM faculty mentors work alongside of learning community participants, enhancing their STEM knowledge base and its relevancy for STEM-related careers.
The STEM Bridge Pathways Program
The Stem Bridge Pathways provide graduating high school seniors entering LSSC and STEM graduates leaving LSCC the necessary advisement and resources to persist in two and four-year college environments, respectively. Careful attention on the assignment of STEM courses (mathematics and science courses) are a priority for the bridge students. Some STEM courses are set up in a cohort format to support the learning community concept. The participant will receive academic advising along with career mapping in order to support persistence and efficacy measures. This will help to retain and increase the number of students pursuing STEM careers. Students will have the opportunity to participate in basic research with selected highly qualified, well trained STEM professionals.