Harris-Stowe State University has been named as a finalist in multiple different categories for the 2019 HBCU Awards hosted by the HBCU Digest.
The first category the institution was selected as a finalist for is Best STEM Program.
Harris-Stowe State University has placed a large emphasis on STEM within the last year, hosting a national STEM conference, heavily prioritizing student and faculty research, and increasing STEM programs. In May, the University announced it was a recipient of a $2.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation HBCU-UP. The grant is to boost the number of students graduating with degrees in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines over the next five years. Since 2008, the National Science Foundation has awarded the university more than $6.5 million. One of HSSU’s main STEM goals is currently on developing entrepreneurship in the STEM ecosystem and providing unique opportunities for Harris-Stowe students to get field experience.
In addition to being named as a finalist in the Best STEM Program category, Harris-Stowe’s President, Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack was selected as a finalist in the Male President of the Year category.
In the last five years, Dr. Warmack has been responsible for driving key advancements at Harris-Stowe and across public higher education in Missouri. Some of these achievements include acquiring more than $24 million in external funding to the institution; cultivating many partnerships and collaborations with Fortune 500 companies, regional organizations and other higher education institutions to strengthen Harris-Stowe’s infrastructure; and leading the University in becoming the fastest growing public University in the state of Missouri.
Under Dr. Warmack’s leadership, Harris-Stowe has witnessed a 34% increase in headcount; applications to attend HSSU soared to more than 7,000 in 2019 compared to 667 in 2013, and the Harris-Stowe student profile has grown stronger-representing 37 states and 17 countries.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Baltimore, MD at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture on August 2.
The HBCU Awards is the first and only national awards ceremony honoring individual and institutional achievement at historically black colleges and universities throughout the country.
Winners will be selected by a panel of previous winners, journalist, HBCU executives, students and alumni for the merit of accomplishment and for generating positive coverage for HBCU campus communities.
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