UNC’s Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program (CSS) was cited in an article in Science Magazine (April 26, 2019).The prestigious STEM publication focused on the Meyerhoff Scholars Program (MYS) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MBC) in the article, “Replicating Meyerhoff for Inclusive Excellence in STEM,” and cited CSS as one of the successful replications of the program.
Ethnic minorities comprise rapidly growing portions of the populations of most developed countries but are underrepresented in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Efforts to increase diversity in the STEM workforce, important for developing more effective approaches to group problem-solving, have been underway in the U.S. for decades, but widespread impact remains relatively low. MYS provides a promising model for increasing retention and academic performance of underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduates in STEM and for preparing those undergraduates to pursue and succeed in graduate and professional programs.
Although MYS is nearly 30 years old and outcomes for African-American STEM majors have been extensively documented, no other majority university [not meeting the definition of being a minority-serving institution (MSI)] has achieved similar outcomes. Described in the article are some promising early indicators that an inter-institutional partnership approach can help enable MYS-like outcomes at majority universities with different URM compositions, geographies and institutional sizes and cultures: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and Pennsylvania State University at University Park (PSU).