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Programs to Support STEM Students

In order to support undergraduates completing work in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) area, students are offered various opportunities to help them navigate through rigorous coursework.  A brief description of each opportunities and links follow below:

  Historically Black College and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) -

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Oct. 16, 2012) --- Philander Smith College’s Division of Natural and Physical Sciences received a $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s  Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Undergraduate Program. The program aims to increase the number of minorities graduating from an HBCU with degrees centered on careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Philander Smith College received the first phase of this project’s funding in 2006 with an allocated amount of $3 million. That funding phase expires in February 2013. The second phase of the project’s $1.75 million grant extends from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2017.

Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ARK-LSAMP)

  • ARK-LSAMP is a collaborative alliance of eight (8) Arkansas institutions sponsored by the National Science Foundation and includes the following institutions: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas State University, Philander Smith College, Pulaski Technical College, Southeast Arkansas College, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and University of Arkansas at Monticello.  The goal is to increase the pool of baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree graduates in STEM disciplines in Arkansas’ workforce.
  • 3/2 Engineering Program - the 3/2 Engineering Program is an articulation agreement with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UARK) and Philander Smith College (PSC).  This agreement allows students to receive two degrees in five years.  From PSC, the student must choose a science degree (biology, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics).  From UARK, the student chooses an engineering degree (biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or mechanical engineering).  For more information, you may contact Angela Daniels at
  • 4+1 COPH Program - the 4+1 Program is an articualtion agreement with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  The program allows students at PSC to complete courses toward a Master of Science in Public Health.  For more information, you may contact Dr. Cynthia Burroughs at