Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)

The HBCU-UP at Tougaloo College presents a multilayered approach to broaden opportunities for African-American students to succeed in STEM majors. This project will engage students from the pre-college level, during the first year, and up until graduation by using holistic strategies to identify, inform, motivate, and support students for success. These intervention strategies are anticipated to increased enrollment in STEM disciplines, higher success rates in gatekeeper courses, increased retention of freshmen, and increased students entering into the graduate school and STEM workforce.


Our HBCU-UP Goals and Objectives:

This Implementation Program has three main objectives:

  1. To increase recruitment and retention of STEM majors by revamping the summer bridge program and developing an interdisciplinary freshman curriculum

  2. To provide students with the opportunity to see the value of STEM in addressing real life problems through research

  3. To revitalize faculty by creating a learning community with comprehensive training in a student-centered learning pedagogy

More Information

Year 2019 - 2020

Contact Information

Jinghe Mao, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Division Dean of Natural Sciences
Professor of Biology

Manliang Feng, Ph.D.
Co- investigator
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Professor Sharon Streeter
Co- investigator
Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science Department
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Scharri Walker, Ph.D.
Co- investigator
Chair of Biology Department
Associate Professor of Biology


This project is funded by HBCU-UP Implementation projects through National Science Foundation, Grant # 1912191.