The Case for developing a broad cadre of STEM professionals has been broadly articulated and disseminated by various media and within professional organizations and businesses, including the U.S. government and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The U.S. will need on the order of 1 million more STEM professionals than it is on track to produce in the coming decade. An improvement in diversity in the STEM workforce is needed. Already, the diversity of STEM workforce is far below population parity, and the expanding diversity of the U.S. population dictates that those in a position to serve reflect the diversity of the nation. 

Prior to the national push to create more STEM professionals and educators, Langston University was producing students with excellent STEM discipline credentials. Beyond the need to produce STEM professionals, successful navigation of STEM coursework develops a capacity for analytical thinking and problem solving skills that are necessary in most professions, as well as in personal success.

For more than a decade LU has instituted programs to help our students better understand the positive impact of STEM disciplines in their lives, and in the world at large. Beyond awareness of the importance of STEM, LU has produced an ever-increasing number of STEM graduates who are now contributing their knowledge and skills as professionals in the workforce and in private enterprise. They have become scientists, medical doctors, data managers, educators, and more. Many of our STEM graduates have agreed to “pay it forward” by forming a near-peer mentoring and tutoring network to support current LU STEM majors.

You can read more about how LU is contributing to the ranks of qualified STEM professionals here.