Facts about STEM

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) College at Johnson C. Smith University, in partnership with the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC-Charlotte, has been awarded the National Science Foundation Cyber Corp.: Scholarship for Service grant. JCSU will receive $339,189 for the five-year grant, which will provide support for students to study in the field of cyber security.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education continues to rank JCSU 18th in the nation in graduating African Americans in computer and information sciences. National figures for matriculation and retention of underrepresented STEM students hover around 14 percent, yet, JCSU’s STEM retention ranges from mid-70 to mid-80 percent.

The New York Times recently reported a shortage of female students in STEM. At Johnson C. Smith University, females make up half of the College of STEM student body, which far exceeds the national average.

JCSU is building a unique model for colleges by expanding beyond traditional STEM education and incorporating a multidisciplinary, market-driven approach that prepares students for careers in renewable energy, medical informatics, bioinformatics, electronics, robotics and cyber security. 

October is Cyber Security Awareness month. JCSU's College of STEM includes education with an emphasis on cyber security featuring experts in the importance of cyber security to the national economic growth and national security and the new technological trends in cyber security. 

On October 25, 2012, Johnson C. Smith University broke ground on a 62,000-square-foot Science Center that will enable the College of STEM to increase enrollment and create an optimal learning environment. The facility is funded by a $25 million gift from The Duke Endowment.