QEM Current Initiatives for Educators



This INCLUDES award will focus on building STEM research and teaching capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). HBCUs and TCUs share the impact of disparities that affect their communities and are constantly seeking STEM research and education solutions to engage students and prepare them to be fully involved in developing innovative and effective remedies that will address these disparities.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)

The goal of HBCU-UP is to ensure that graduates of these institutions are prepared to successfully pursue advanced STEM degrees or to enter the Nation’s science and engineering workforce upon graduation. QEM’s HBCU-UP project addresses the under-representation and the under-preparation of minorities in STEM by focusing on a group of institutions that award a significant percentage of the STEM baccalaureate degrees earned by African Americans.


Robert Noyce TEachers Scholarship Program (NOYCE)

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors (STEM) and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and STEM professionals to pursue teaching careers in high-need K-12 local school districts.


Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)

The QEM/NSF Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) Project is a comprehensive professional and personal skills development program for STEM faculty, staff, and students at institutions supported by NSF TCUP. The QEM project provides professional and skills development workshops for faculty and staff as well as summer, Washington, DC-based internships for students and six-month NSF fellowships for faculty. Project activities support NSF TCUP’s goal to increase the participation and success of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians in the STEM workforce.


TCUP Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)

The goal of the project is to increase the number of declared CS/IT majors among American Indian males at the participating institutions. The project addresses the under-representation of American Indian males in STEM.


Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network has provided technical assistance to Junior Faculty at Minority Institutions and Minority Junior Faculty at non-minority institutions to increase their participation and competitiveness in the CAREER Program.