May 12, 2021
By The Daily Record Staff
Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg Philanthropies announced on May 12 the launch of the $150 million Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative devoted to addressing historic underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
The effort funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies will be endowed to create additional pathways for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to pursue and receive doctorates in STEM fields.
Although Johns Hopkins has increased the diversity of its undergraduate student body in recent years, historically under-represented minorities make up 11% of students in Johns Hopkins’ STEM doctoral programs, a slightly higher rate than the average of 9% its private research university peers report to the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System but still far from representative of the overall population.
Through the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative, the university will dramatically scale up its efforts to diversify its STEM doctoral programs and graduate more diverse doctoral recipients to help bring sorely needed new voices and backgrounds to STEM industries and workforces.
The initiative will provide permanent funding to add a sustained cohort of approximately 100 new slots for diverse doctoral students in JHU’s more than 30 STEM programs, representing disciplines ranging from neuroscience to physics to engineering.
The Inaugural Partner institutions are Howard University; Morehouse College; Morgan State University; Prairie View A&M; Spelman College; and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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Source: The Daily Record