The Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) III is a five year (2011-2016) grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is administered by Dr. Robert Stolz, Program Director. HBCU-UP promotes excellence in the science, mathematics, engineering or technology (STEM) disciplines. The mission is to increase student retention and persistence, and prepare them for 21st Century graduate programs and the workforce in STEM fields.
  • Provost McKayle and Dr. Stolz, Co-PIs of our HBCU-UP grant from NSF, are featured in a publication by International Innovation. In the article, they outline their motivations, achievements and the projects they are involved with. Click here to read more.

Goals & Objectives

  1. Increase the pass rate for STEM students in the developmental mathematics courses (MAT 23 & 24)
  2. Increase the number of students prepared for Calculus earlier in their undergraduate careers through a Math Behind the Science summer program
  3. Increase the number of STEM students taking introductory computer programming courses earlier in their STEM undergraduate careers
  4. Increase student knowledge about the expectations for success in a STEM curriculum
  5. Increase five year graduation rate
  6. Increase retention in STEM
  7. Increase persistence to third year in STEM
  8. Increase knowledge of STEM pathways and STEM careers
  9. Increase faculty-student mentoring and advising activities

Supported Activities


Robert Stolz, PhD
HBCU-UP Program Director & Co-Principal Investigator
College of Science and Mathematics
University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Email: rstolz@uvi.edu
Phone: 340-693-1231
Fax: 340-693-1245