UNCF STEM Scholars | Hbcu INNOVATION Fellows Quarterly Communication

The UNCF STEM Scholars and HBCU Innovation Fellows Team are wrapping up a busy fall and winter season

A few updates first on Fund II Foundation - UNCF STEM Scholars:

The Fund II-STEM Scholars program recently closed our 2017 application. We had a 64% submission increase from last year. The program is excited at the breadth and depth of the applicants backgrounds. Our selection committee has convened and will spend the next few weeks scoring each application. We look forward to making our Cohort 2 selection announcement in early May.

The program officially launched the UNCF-MSI math tutorial platform with MSI Leader Professor Idris Stovall and his team at the University of Pennsylvania. This 100% online, real-time video tutoring platform is a first-of-a-kind for any national scholarship and demonstrates our commitment in providing wrap around support services to ensure our scholars' success. This initiative offers free, individual tutoring to any STEM Scholar from the comforts of their dorm room.

Professor Stovall and his team customize each tutorial session based on the scholar's needs. The initiative was driven by survey data from our scholars last fall. We’ve seen tremendous results with math coursework grades improving 2-3 marks for a variety of scholars. Email Mr. Lu or Ms. Carita for additional information. An important note: we are exploring ways to offer biology and chemistry to this platform.

Scholar Christian Eken (top right) works with lead tutor, Dr. Aris Winger, PhD

Scholar Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna was selected as “Forbes 30 under 30” for 2017 in Energy. According to Forbes magazine: “As a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, Uwamanzu-Nna discovered that adding a nanoclay ingredient called attapulgite to cement slurries improves the undersea cement seals that keep offshore oil wells from leaking.”

Augusta comments, "Being named a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 in the Energy category was personally important for me as a freshman transitioning into the motions of college, who needed assurance that her goal of becoming a STEM innovator is absolutely attainable through consistency, patience, and faith. I am humbled by this recognition and am delighted by the opportunity to serve as a positive role model for women of color who similarly cannot quench their thirst for all things science."

Princeton Freshman, Sara Howell, a future anesthesiologist, got a head start on internships. She interned this past winter break at George Washington University Hospital with Dr. Gage Parr M.D. for 3 intense days.

"It was a very hands-on experience and I spent all of my time in the operating room with the surgical team. I examined and assisted in procedures including open heart surgery, mastectomies, etc., and observed the anesthesiologist's role in all of it.

Obviously I have far to go, but I know now what drugs are capable of putting someone to sleep and the logistics of a painless surgery. The experience confirmed that I will have a rewarding career in the medical field, and I fell in love with the field of anesthesia more during my time there. It's helped me improve my focus towards my goal since I know what lies beyond medical school. It was exhilarating, eye-opening, and revelatory."-Sara

Kaila Helm at the University of Pennsylvania is enrolled in an engineering course called Appropriate Point of Care Diagnostics (APOC). She is learning how to "design self-contained, portable medical diagnostics to provide high-quality medical care in resource-limited settings."

She is traveling to Ghana for the second part of the class and will be studying at the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine for one month. As someone who has never had the opportunity to travel outside the country, this opportunity will allow Kaila to complete a life-long dream under the safety net of Penn’s financial aid.

Moving on to the HBCU Innovation Fellows news..

2016 HBCU Innovation Summit Fellows smile for a selfie with Ebay CEO, Devin Wenig and Ebay Chief Diversity Officer, Damien Hooper-Campbell (taking photo) during their Silicon Valley tech trek visit last November.

In 2016, a student group from North Carolina A&T consisting of Dunamis Bacchus, Bria Bridges, Lusenii Kromah and Angelica Willis, competed in the 2016 HBCU/TCU Making & Innovation Challenge.

Following the competition, one member completed her training through the University Innovation Fellows programs at Stanford. Another graduated and went on to attend Georgia Tech for graduate school. Members traveled abroad to Japan and Morocco to advance the projects, and also founded Black Valley to promote opportunities in Silicon Valley for minorities. The group has successfully implemented several projects at their University and received funding along with support from Google and Microsoft. A brief overview of said projects:

Project Forage: A mobile application designed to combat obesity and food scarcity

MakeIT MarkET: A makerspace set up to educate disadvantaged youth in areas of STEM and Entrepreneurship

"Robo-Farm": A revolutionary system to automate and modernize the farming experience, from rural to the urban setting.

Internship Opportunity

Here's a unique opportunity to gain experience in communications/media. This internship includes a unique expenses-paid internship at Bentonville Film Festival (BFF). The Festival places a spotlight on women and diversity in film. This year the BFF team has included a stipend in addition to travel expenses for students who actively participate in the week long experience. Selections will be made by March 31, 2017. Students should apply by March 24th for consideration.

Read more about the program below. Please pass this information to any HBCU student interested in Computer Science, Engineering, Film, Television, Digital Media, Finance and/ Accounting.

The Bentonville Film Festival is excited to announce an HBCU exclusive internship in partnership with Walmart. This opportunity will be a week-long, immersive experience across various departments introducing interns to innovative methods of championing diversity and inclusion.

What they are looking for?

Current HBCU Students (Must be at least a spring semester Sophomore)

3.0 Cumulative GPA or higher

Students interested in Computer Science, Engineering, Film, Television, Digital Media, Finance, and Accounting

What will students receive?

Hands on Experience in Marketing, Public Relations, Event Production and Operations

Paid expenses (Lodging and Airfare)

Stipend provided by Bentonville Film Festival

Complete your online application. To apply CLICK HERE.

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