Rising S.T.E.M. Stars

Rising stars

As a child, my family’s slumber was often interrupted by 4:00 A.M phone calls. Although we were currently living in Atlanta, Georgia and were separated from our Nigerian relatives by several miles, many of their calls pertained to medical emergencies. On one occasion, my parents informed me that one of my cousins had died due [...]

Hi, I am Leroy Long and I am a current PhD student in STEM Education, focusing on Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. I was born and raised in Dayton, OH, which is known as the birthplace of aviation. I first became interested in engineering while attending a 4-year summer enrichment program at Wright [...]

It’s not every day that you run into a national chess master. Meeting a teenage chess master is even less likely. But if you happen by the Marshall Chess Club in New York’s Greenwich Village, you may find yourself in the presence of a collection of masters. The beautiful, historic townhouse located at 23 West [...]

My name is Sandya Lakkur, and I am a rising junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I am currently a statistics major with the intention of getting a Ph.D. in biostatistics. In my spare time, I train for charity races and I like to tutor students in any areas of math or statistics. [...]

Engineering, University of Iowa “Morgan, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. I have faith in you.” That’s a statement I’ve frequently heard throughout my life. My parents always taught me to strive to do my best; never apologize for my success, but more importantly to be a strong black woman every day [...]

Self-Taught Programmer and Repair Technician www.techmastercw.com / He is based in Brooklyn, NY Najee McGreen is a self-taught programmer and repair technician who reads books and studies online tutorials to sharpen his expertise and stay current. His grandfather was one of the first Black engineers hired by Hewlett-Packard and his father is an engineer as [...]

Dr. James E. Walker Presidential Fellow, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Most people would probably agree that there is a distinct disconnect between science and religion / spirituality. Whether you’re of the traditional belief that the two are antithetical or more along the new school train of thought that science will eventually catch up with religion (or [...]

17 Year-Old Engineering Student Entering his Second Year at FAMU When Ralph Jones Jr. entered Florida A & M University as a freshman last fall, he was sixteen years old. The young engineering student generated quite a bit of press when he turned down the opportunity to attend Harvard University, and 42 other institutions in favor [...]

Talented 15 Year-Old STEM Star That is one word people would surely use to describe Stephen R. Stafford. At the age of fifteen, Stephen is nearing the end of his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College. What’s more – he is an exemplary student who tutors both K-12 students and his Morehouse peers. That’s not all. Stephen [...]

15 Year-Old Rising STEM Star is Harvard-Bound Saheela Ibraheem. Her name has been buzzing in the headlines lately as an encouraging promise of the future of STEM talent in this country. The fifteen year-old prodigy is wrapping up her final year of high school and beginning this fall, Saheela will be starting the new school [...]

VP of the Black Organization of Student Strength in Brooklyn Technical High School. Q. What was your motivation and who influenced you to go to Brooklyn Technical H.S.? A. My mother was my main influence in my decision to go to Brooklyn Technical High School. Since I was little, she verbalized how important it was [...]

On the value of education… My parents are always on me about my grades. My step dad constantly tells me how the real world is difficult and that I should set myself up now to get a great job later. I am all about the importance of life and how we interact ourselves and with [...]

Do You Know Her? By Tristen Graves Jocylen Graves, engineer hopeful and piano extraordinaire. Graves is a third year at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. She is currently majoring in Engineering Science with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering. On the side she shares her talent and love for music as the piano player at [...]

Engineering Major Fuels Her Passion to Inspire Young Black Women Entrepreneurs Social Media / Blogger From Washington D.C. www.ThinkandGrowChic.com A few years ago Carol Bronner came to my business school. I was in the audience listening. I don’t know if it was an illusion or naiveté or whatever but by the end of that talk [...]

By: Dylon Rockwell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology I am consistently asked how I got to MIT; my typical answer is by accident. I was at an air show, the ones held in small airports where small planes do crazy acrobatic tricks for an admiring crowd. The show took place right before school started my senior [...]

By Torren Brown Torren is the winner of STEMcp’s 2010 “I’m a S.T.E.M. Star” Essay Contest. He is a 12 year old 7th grader attending Cedar Grove Middle School of Decatur Georgia. Hello, my name is Torren Brown. I am 12 year old. I’m in the seventh grade. I am very active in sports like [...]

By MacCalvin Romain, Boston College Student / CEO and Co-Founder of Swag Media Ent. When I was a kid, my life plan was all mapped out. I had my sights set on playing basketball in the NBA. Or becoming a famous music artist riding in fast cars with expensive jewelry on my neck. In middle [...]