executive director
Derrick Bryan

a letter from our EXECUTIVE director

Dear STEM Community and Friends,

It is a great pleasure for me to serve as the current executive director of the HBCU STEM Undergraduate Success Center (HBCU STEM US)!

The overall mission of the HBCU STEM-US Research Center is to establish a national hub that brings together researchers from diverse fields to solve complex problems while focusing on HBCU educational and societal needs. The Center uses a multilayered research and collaboration approach to understand the history, narratives, and external factors that HBCUs face now and in the future.

My vision for the center is to attract, retain, and graduate a diverse group of STEM students. Not only should STEM leaders be knowledgeable, innovative, ethical, and reflective, but STEM educational experiences, initiatives, and materials should also be innovative and engaging. We hope to strengthen global competition in STEM fields by improving STEM education in our communities. We would like to expand opportunities for exposure to the diverse workplace opportunities in STEM. We are constantly working to promote and tell the story of HBCUs.

HBCU STEM US is situated to make contributions to the advancement of minority students’ presence, resiliency, and success in STEM. This includes continuing research and development in STEM related education, educating our communities about STEM, and preparing the next generation of leaders who will carry this path forward.

Please explore our website to learn more about our research programs and events. We cordially invite you to become a member of our HBCU community.





Derrick M. Bryan, Ph.D.

Executive Director, HBCU STEM-US Research Center

core values

STEM-US Center Values Statements


Integration of new ideas and approaches


Ownership, communication, and collaboration between members


The center demonstrates emotional intelligence, acceptance, and support


Colleagues are equally valuable contributors to the mission of the center


Productive collaboration across center projects


The center operates as a unified center instead of being a collection of projects