UC is strengthening ties to the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through new faculty-led partnerships and research collaborations.
Why partner with HBCUs? For more than a century, HBCUs have led the country in producing high numbers of African-American college graduates who go on to pursue advanced degrees. The University of California, meanwhile, offers some of the highest caliber graduate programs in the world, and produces roughly 7 percent of the nation’s Ph.Ds.
The Initiative builds on that natural alliance with the goal of diversifying the ranks of UC’s Ph.D students – including those who will go on teach the next generation of college students.
Through the UC-HBCU initiative, the university funds a competitive grant program, open to all UC faculty, that covers the cost of HBCU students participating in their summer research activities.
Since its launch in 2012, faculty from every one of UC’s undergraduate campuses have participated. As a result, hundreds of HBCU students have spent a summer on one of UC’s campuses, working alongside faculty who are leaders in their field, doing research in cutting-edge facilities and labs. They also participate in workshops on taking the GRE, writing a personal statement and preparing for graduate school.