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inSTEM @ Howard University

An auxiliary support network of and for STEM students at Howard University.

September 1, 2020

Welcome to inSTEM

We are thrilled to launch the inSTEM pilot – a joint effort between the NSTMF and Howard University’s Office of Research and College of Arts and Sciences – this fall! Details about the program and how to apply, below.


inSTEM offers four years of programming; each has a theme based on the Scholars’ needs for the current school year. Scholars are eligible to be inSTEM participants for all four years and may enroll at any time. The Scholars’ status as a first-, second-, third-, or fourth-year student will determine which year of the program they will enter. The pilot program will launch only the first-year cohort, and the other three will roll out subsequently, one year at a time. inSTEM’s pilot program at Howard University will run from August 2020 until May 2021.

Each cohort includes 15 inSTEM Scholars and one Coach, a STEM professor or an established graduate student at the institution. STEM Experts will visit cohorts to lead workshops and provide insights about the greater STEM community.


These wide-reaching goals guide all aspects of inSTEM, from the type of professional development opportunities offered to the guided discussions that inSTEM Scholars will have together.

1. Scholars will stay in their STEM program or major. Substantial statistical and empirical evidence shows that mentorship can help students from underrepresented communities in STEM stay in their majors. inSTEM’s primary goal is to make its Scholars feel comfortable in their STEM communities.

2. Scholars will hone skills that help them succeed in college and their careers. Certain skills are essential to success in STEM, both while in college and after graduation. Through professional development workshops, inSTEM will allow its Scholars to acquire those skills, like how to network, land a position in a lab, and write a grant. These workshops will be stepping stones to the Scholars’ first steps in the STEM community.

3. Scholars will feel comfortable reaching out to Experts, met through the program, with professional or personal questions related to their STEM journey. A significant pillar of the program, Scholars will have the unique opportunity to interact with STEM Experts, including Laureates of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology & Innovation and other top minds in the community. These members of the NSTMF’s network of STEM luminaries will facilitate professional development workshops, share their stories of overcoming adversity, and offer an ear to the Scholars. We hope to increase the likelihood of the Scholars finding a STEM Expert with whom they connect by providing an array of experts.

Build community with STEM peers, connect with mentors and role models, and develop power skills and coping tools for your undergraduate experience and beyond!


Fifteen students will be selected to participate in the program coached by Dr. John Harkless, associate professor of chemistry at Howard.

The inSTEM application for the Howard University cohort is live!

Click here to apply!


  • First-year Howard student
  • high school weighted GPA of 2.8 and above
  • interested in STEM majors
  • interested in joining their STEM community
  • willing to learn and share with peers
  • open-minded

inSTEM is free and open to all

We invite all first-year students joining the Howard community to apply, including those who identify as members of any of the following groups: Black, Brown, indigenous, woman, non-binary, trans, intersex, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual, disabled, and first-generation. Preference will be given to applicants with multiple identities.


In addition to personal and professional development benefits, inSTEM Scholars will be eligible for: 
  • A stipend to be used for books and required school supplies
  • Student Success Kit that includes equipment they need to participate in this program from a distance, like a headset and a microphone or other distance learning materials
Scholars will be expected to:
  • Adhere to a code of conduct that creates a safer space for everyone to share and learn. Participants who do not comply with the guidelines for creating safer spaces for Scholars will be removed from the program immediately.
  • Attend eight meetings per semester and schedule at least one 30-minute mentor session with their Coach per semester. 
  • Reach out to at least two STEM experts in their auxiliary network by the end of each term to build their professional network.

Reach out!

Get in touch with us any time by emailing

LC Charity
Director of Programs and Culture | NSTMF

Kim Lewis
Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Programs, and Natural Sciences | Howard University

Bring inSTEM to my campus!