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HBCU-UP Research Scholars Program

UVI Research Activities

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) will support STEM student excellence by providing mentoring and funding for undergraduates for STEM research during the academic year. As part of the service learning experience, HBCU-UP Scholars are also required to participate in community service activities.

ECS scholars supported by HBCU-UP ACE grant must be interested in a career in science, mathematics, engineering or technology, work closely with faculty mentors, and fulfill specific responsibilities. The HBCU-UP Program supports up to 4 students per academic year.


To be an HBCU-UP scholar, a student must have a UVI GPA of 3.0 or above. Students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and be a full time student at UVI majoring in mathematics, applied math, chemistry, biology, marine biology, or computer science.

They will be outstanding students who have submitted a strong research proposal and completed the required application.  Upon selection, students will be paired with faculty mentors.  Students will be expected to meet with their mentors regularly and work on a research project.  Additional requirements include attending on-campus seminars, preparing for and taking the GRE, applying to off campus research experiences, and maintaining a 3.0 GPA or above.  These scholars will be required to fully participate in the student professional development activities, and serve as Peer Coaches and/or Peer Leaders for PLTL. 


  • $500 monthly stipends to work with a faculty mentor on research projects
  • Summer stipends to conduct summer research with faculty at UVI or at other participating institutions
  • Travel to scientific meetings
  • Receive guidance and support from mentors and peers
Funding Source:

Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) promotes excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Technology fields through research experiences. The HBCU-UP is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is administered by program director Dr. Robert Stolz.


Robert Stolz, PhD
HBCU-UP 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

STEM research programs at UVI (including MARC, RISE, HBCU-UP, SURE, and SSRI) are managed by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program. ECS offers ONE convenient application (available on the ECS Homepage) for students interested in being considered for these exceptional opportunities. The online application form and all supporting materials are due each year on February 28th.