The Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) has been at the forefront of efforts for the past 25 years to encourage a diverse group of undergraduates to explore careers in STEM. The program has produced more than 900 graduates pursuing careers as scientists, engineers, researchers and doctors.
Meyerhoff has the best record of success in the country, and a new joint grant and collaboration is hoping to scale it up.
Throughout the new five-year Meyerhoff Adaptation Project, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Pennsylvania State University will work to adapt elements of the Meyerhoff model to newly created programs on their campuses. Investigators at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and colleagues at Meyerhoff will collaborate with the institutions as they foster diversity in STEM on their campuses, and ultimately create a model for colleges and universities nationwide.