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From Desegregation to Center of Excellence:
30 Years of Marine Sciences at
Savannah State University.
Since 1985 the program has conferred 152 BS degrees (50% earned by African Americans) and 32 MS degrees (18% by African Americans and 14% by black international students).
1979 BS Mar. Biol. approved two faculty, less than a dozen black and white students, converted greenhouse, 22-ft boat.
The program has formal collaborative agreements SkIO, NOAA Fisheries, Marine Biomedicine & Environmental Sciences Center MUSC, The Georgia Aquarium and has had 36 funded grant awards and contracts totaling $11.7 million.
.HBCUs are disproportionately more effective in training significant numbers of African American students in the sciences.
Although they enrolled only 11.1% of African-American undergraduates and 9.4% of African American graduate students in fall 2007, they awarded 33.3% of undergraduate and 24% of master’s degrees earned by African-Americans in Biological, biomedical and, physical sciences, and science technologies in 2006 and 2007.
Commitments to the development of geoscience programs at HBCUs and other minority serving institutions should be expanded to ensure demographic diversity among professionals in geoscience research, education and public literacy in the U.S.