The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Undergraduate Program in 2000 to assist HBCUs in their effort to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and research capacity as a means to broaden participation in the Nation's STEM workforce. In doing so, Historically Black Colleges and Universities contribute to NSF efforts so that the entire nation's talent can reach their full potential in these fields.

Oakwood University HBCU-UP, is a multi-disciplined program designed to strengthen the University’s science and mathematics (STEM) programs and:

  1. Increase the number of non pre-med students receiving undergraduate degrees in the sciences (biochemistry, biology, chemistry and mathematics)
  2. Increase the number of students who attend graduate school and obtain Ph.D. or MS degrees in the biological sciences, chemistry or mathematics
  3. Increase the Institution’s research infrastructure and teaching methods

In addition to a stipend (up to $3000) during the academic year, students will participate in research, mentoring, academic enrichment, opportunities for networking and receive information about graduate schools across the country.


To participate in the Oakwood University HBCU-UP program an applicant must be:

  1. Planning to attend Oakwood University
  2. Planning to major in a STEM discipline (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics)
  3. Planning to attend graduate school after graduation
  4. A U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  5. Be willing to work a minimum of 7 hours per week during the academic year.

A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (B) is required