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HBCU-UP Program



Training Undergraduates in Bioengineering and Nanobiotechnology (TUBN)


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Historically Black Colleges and Universities- Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) is designed to enhance the quality of undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and research to broaden participation in the Nation’s STEM workforce.

Alabama State University’s HBCU-UP undergraduate research component aims to increase the ratio of motivated STEM students engaging in “hands-on” research experiences with emphasis in the areas of bioengineering and nano-biotechnology through the proposed comprehensive TUBN  initiative, funded by the NSF.

The TUBN program aims to strengthen the undergraduate curricula, research, recruitment and retention activities in all STEM departments at ASU through the following five objectives:

  • Technology-integrated STEM curricula with focus on student learning;
  • Intense student research program facilitated on-campus, off-campus, international sites and national laboratories;
  • Holistic approach of student recruitment, retention and transition to the nation’s top STEM graduate programs;
  • Multifaceted mentoring program to achieve student’s success in STEM fields and;
  • Robust program for faculty research and professional development

These objectives will be interrelated and accomplished by systematic enhancement of STEM curricula, active research training to students in nanobiotechnology and engineering using state-of-the art facilities supplemented with student enrichment activities.

The research and educational initiatives through the TUBN initiative will result into increasing the pool of well-trained minority students in the STEM disciplines to fill the national gap of diverse scientists and researchers in the STEM workforce.

Program informatioN

Click here for a quick summary of the Academic Year HBCU-UP Research Training Program

Click here for a quick summary of the High School Summer Apprenticeship Program (HSSAP)



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Click here to download HBCU-UP Application                       Click here to download HSSAP Application



The Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)

Alabama State University
Life Science Bldg., Rm. 307
1627 Harris Way
Montgomery, AL 36104

Vida A. Dennis     Dr. Komal Vig     Yvonne Williams     Juwana Smith Henderson

Dr. Vida A. Dennis           Dr. Komal Vig                 Yvonne Williams               Juwana S. Henderson
Program PI/Director      Program Co-PI              Program Assist. Director   Program Associate
334-604-9205                334-604-8189                334-604-8128                     334-604-9143