Benedict College HBCU UP Program

Dr. Samir S. Raychoudhury (PI/PD)
Dr. Janeen Witty (Co-PI)



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

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have awarded a large share of bachelor’s degrees to African American students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and HBCUs are the baccalaureate origins of one-quarter to one-third of black science and engineering (S&E) doctorate recipients. To meet the Nation’s accelerating demands for STEM talent; more rapid gains in achievement, success and degree production in STEM for underrepresented minority populations are needed.

In 2000, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) to assist HBCUs in their effort to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and research capacity as a means to broaden participation in the Nation’s STEM workforce.

Benedict College HBCU UP

Benedict College HBCU UP program was established in the fall of 2014 with the mission to assist in the continued development of the School of Stem student population. The HBCU UP staff seeks to recruit and retain intelligent, motivated, and talented students. The program provides students with engaging experiences that not only prepare them inside the classroom but also outside the classroom through various implementation projects. These Implementation Projects include the Pre- Freshman Bridge Academy, Freshmen to Sophomore Transition Program, Peer Tutorial Center, and the SURI Program (Summer Undergraduate Research Institute). These Implementation Projects serve as building blocks in the development of our students in preparation for external conferences, internships, and research experiences. 

Please click on the links below to learn more about the various resources offered through the HBCU UP Program: 

 Pre Freshman Bridge Academy

 Freshmen to Sophomore Transition Program

 Peer Tutorial Center

 SURI Program/ Summer Undergraduate Research Institute 

 2018 Pre-Professional Internships/Scholarships


For more Information:
Mr. Rashad Paige
Program Manager
HBCU-UP Grant, School of STEM
1600 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Office: 803-705-4833

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