Today, QEM continues to provide technical assistance to MSIs to increase their participation and competitiveness in federally funded programs. NSF’s support has enabled QEM to provide professional and leadership development opportunities to enhance the scholarly productivity and career advancement of STEM faculty at MSIs as well as to increase the persistence, retention, and success of underrepresented students in STEM. Since 2000, NSF made more than 718 awards totaling $386,848,260 to individuals participating/institutions represented in one or more NSF-supported QEM Proposal and Professional Development Workshops.
Over more than a quarter century of service, QEM has:
- From 2000-2012, QEM conducted a range of technical assistance and capacity-building initiatives for MSIs, including: 33 workshops for 1,493 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) faculty and staff; 24 workshops for 396 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) faculty and staff; and numerous workshops involving faculty/staff from 41 Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs). QEM’s programs have served 89 percent (90 of 101) of HBCUs and 94 percent (30 of 32) of TCUs.
- From 1990-2013, provided over 400 undergraduate and graduate students underrepresented in STEM the opportunity to work on science education policy-related projects under the guidance and mentorship of STEM policymakers and QEM staff, with funding from federal agencies; 2,215 rising high school juniors and seniors with summer hands-on research experiences, funded by NASA; and over 5,400 children and parents/guardians with a model of integrated service delivery for families in disadvantaged communities through partnerships with MSIs, with major support from the Annie Casey Foundation and the GE Foundation.
- From 1993-2002, in partnership with The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), launched the SHARP PLUS Program, a research-based mentorship program. The SHARP PLUS research experiences occurred in industry and laboratories at universities that hosted SHARP PLUS apprentices on their campuses for the summer.
- Between 2004 and 2007, with support from the NSF STC Program, QEM designed, developed, and administered a program to recruit, select, and place doctoral students and junior faculty underrepresented in STEM in paid summer and academic year research internships at the NSF-supported STCs. Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, the current president of QEM, completed a QEM STC summer appointment in 2007, as an assistant professor at Howard University.