This summer, 32 Howard University students will be studying abroad to conduct research. Students will be conducting research in locations such as Chile, South Africa, and Tanzania. The research is due to the support of a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Global Education, Awareness, and Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR-UP).
Lorraine N. Fleming, the GEAR-UP director and a professor of civil engineering at Howard, knows this is a crucial opportunity for African Americans.
“National statistics suggest that very few African Americans have the opportunity to travel abroad to study or do research. Our mission at Howard is to produce leaders for America and the global community. GEAR-UP is doing just that by allowing students a first-hand opportunity to practice as engineers and scientists in a global setting.”