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Xavier University of LA
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA
70125 USA
(504) 520-7646


Dr. Kenneth Boutte
Dean, Freshman Studies
(504) 520-5469

Dr. Murty Akundi
Program Director
(504) 520-7643
NCF Annex Room 244

Dr. Marion Carroll
Program Director
(504) 520-7371
NCF Annex Room 344

Ms. Adrienne Hunter
Project Assistant
(504) 520-7646



Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program

HBCU-UP is an NSF-sponsored program designed to broaden America's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Xavier University of Louisiana has an esteemed history in the STEM education and research successes with underrepresented minorities. The goals of HBCU-UP — to recruit and retain STEM students via an enriched, enhanced educational program — is a major goal in Xavier's STEM disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics.

What can HBCU-UP do for you?

HBCU-UP helps STEM students through tutoring, mentoring, advising, research, and summer enrichment programs. Interestingly, this Program provides financial assistance to atypical scholarship students. HBCU-UP awards financial aid to STEM students that show great potential, so not all awardees have the best GPA or ACT scores. Because this Program is designed to recruit and retain STEM majors, HBCU-UP students are given considerable educational and enrichment assistance.

Xavier faculty are encouraged to participate in HBCU-UP also. Xavier faculty in the STEM disciplines may be funded for curriculum development. Also, travel grants are available for faculty and their HBCU-UP student researchers.

Middle and high school teachers are encouraged to participate in our HBCU-UP Saturday workshops. These teachers will collaborate with Xavier faculty to enact new pedagogical approaches in math and science education. The workshops are on Saturday mornings and participants receive a stipend each semester.

What are the qualifications to join HBCU-UP?
  • Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, pre-med biology, or pre-med chemistry are eligible for HBCU-UP.
  • Incoming freshmen (in the summer after high school graduation) can participate in Experiential Problem-Solving and Analytical Reasoning (EPsAR), a summer bridge program to assist students with less than desirable ACT/SAT math scores.
  • STEM students must have a minimum 2.3 GPA.
  • HBCU-UP students must participate in workshops, seminars, study groups and eventually work as a tutor, lab assistant, or research assistant.
  • Students participating in MIE, MARC, and RISE are not eligible for HBCU-UP.
What is the process to join HBCU-UP?
  1. Make sure that you meet the qualifications.
  2. Complete either the
  3. Once we determine that you meet all qualifications, we will contact you.
Schedule of Events
  • Xavier student HBCU-UP application
    Deadline is Friday, 10/31/08
    NCF Room 261
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