Center Overview

Howard University, Morehouse College and Winston-Salem State University launch a NSF HBCU-UP Broadening Participation Research Center focused on studying the development of African American students’ identity and motivation in STEM using a psychological strengths orientation to inquiry.

The National Science Foundation has invested $2.4 million to fund the collaborative Broadening Participation Research Center for the Development of Identity and Motivation of African American Students in STEM.  The Principal Investigators leading this innovative research and practice center are Drs. Kimberley Edelin Freeman and Cynthia Winston-Proctor (Howard University); Dr. David Wall Rice (Morehouse College); and Dr. Rashunda Stitt Richardson (Winston-Salem State University) .

The Center was established to examine the nature of identity-based motivation among African American undergraduates in STEM at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Emphasis will be placed on the STEM engagement, persistence and narrative studies positioned as significant tools leveraged to gain novel insight.