On 9 July, Spelman College, a Historically Black College for women, was awarded a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM. Funded through the DoD Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program, the Center is devoted to advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research capabilities through faculty and student training, coursework development, and research collaborations with DoD Service Components.

The Center will promote the scholarly development of undergraduate minority women to prepare them for advanced degrees in STEM and particularly for research careers in areas that support the mission of the DoD. Research areas comprise those of critical importance to the Department to include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cyber security, and supports the FY 2018 congressional add—by way of Senator David Perdue (R-GA)—for increasing minority women participation in STEM activities. The Center is funded at $2 million and has a four year period of performance.

For more information about the DoD HBCU/MI Program.