The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program had its first signing day for the 2018 Summer Academy.

“The UAPB STEM Academy is a well-integrated set of enrichment programs designed to help meet local, state, and national needs in STEM areas,” according to a news release.

The academy has an emphasis on helping to increase the pool of well-prepared underrepresented minorities in STEM majors and careers, according to the release.

The four enrichment initiatives include:

• The National Science Foundation-funded Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Comprehensive Implementation grant, which is foundational to the STEM Academy;

• The NSF-funded Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant, which is a state-wide program with UAPB as the lead institution;

• The NSF-funded STEM STARS (Scholars Teacher Academy Resident System) grant program that prepares STEM college graduates for the master’s degree in teaching science and mathematics in secondary education;

• The U.S. Department of Education funded Graduate STEM grant, also for teacher preparation in STEM disciplines.

All programs are designed to help meet research, teaching, and industry needs in STEM areas with a particular emphasis on diversity, according to the release. The programs are led by Charles R. Colen Jr., Anissa Evans Buckner, William Torrence and Karl Walker. Details: