Our groundbreaking TEAM-UP Report concludes that the persistent underrepresentation of African American students in physics and astronomy is due to unsupportive environments in some physics departments, and the enormous financial challenges faced by many of these students and the programs that best support them.
To help us address the enormous financial challenges faced by some African American students earning physics and astronomy bachelor’s degrees, we are launching the TEAM-UP Together Scholarship Program. This program provides direct funding to African American physics and astronomy undergraduate students and will be administered through the Society of Physics Students.
TEAM-UP Together Scholarship Program Highlights
- Applicants must be African American or Black undergraduate students who are majoring or pursuing a major in physics or astronomy in the United States.
- Applicants majoring or pursuing a major in physics must be enrolled at an accredited HBCU or PBI in the US at time of the award.
- Applicants majoring or pursuing a major in astronomy must be enrolled at any accredited US college or university at time of the award.
- Applicants must demonstrate a financial need impeding progress toward their degree.
- Only undergraduate students who are sophomores or higher are eligible to receive this award. Freshmen may apply for sophomore year funding.
- Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
- Applicants must agree to receive correspondence from the TEAM-UP Together program once awarded, provide updated contact information annually, and respond to surveys of award recipients.
We know that addressing the financial challenges faced by many African American physics and astronomy students is only one aspect of addressing the systemic issues that contribute to their persistent underrepresentation. We are taking a multi-layered approach that engages a variety of stakeholders within the scientific ecosystem, including faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, funding organizations, policy leaders, and more to effect systemic change.
With that strategy in mind, we will soon launch the TEAM-UP Together Departmental Program, which will directly support physics and astronomy departments in developing programs, tools, resources, and more that lead to positive systemic changes and successful outcomes for African American students.
Check back often as we roll out this new, exciting program.