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Minority students make up a small fraction of those who hold STEM doctorates. A new Johns Hopkins program aims to change that.

October 3, 2022
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A new Johns Hopkins University scholars program is attracting more doctoral candidates to the Baltimore school specifically from the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions. The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative welcomed its first 20 doctoral students this fall, ushering in a program designed to help remedy the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM. All of its scholars come from either HBCUs or other minority-serving institutions. According to 2019 data from the National Science Foundation, Black and Latinx students earned 3% and 7%, respectively, of new engineering, math, physical sciences and computer science doctorates. At Johns Hopkins, 11% of the doctoral candidates in STEM fields are from historically underrepresented minorities, university spokesperson Jill Rosen said.

Article Source: Baltimore Sun

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