In 2009, the National Science Foundation awarded The HistoryMakers a three-year grant to interview 180 of the nation's top African American scientists, create curriculum based on the interviews, and hold public programs featuring the scientists. The goal of the ScienceMakers initiative is to create positive role models, increase the number of African Americans, women, and other minorities entering STEMprofessions, and use their life stories as a way to encourage others to enter scientific professions.
ScienceMakers fall under four categories. Use the links below to search each category.
A ScienceMaker is an African American who by his or her own accomplishments has made significant contributions to research, education or some other aspect of a STEM discipline. The criteria are ranked in such a way as to consider if the nominated ScienceMaker:
• Is recognized by the Academy and/or his/her peers for his/her accomplishments and/or contributions to the scientific field;
• Has contributed in significant ways to advance the field of science;
• Has excelled in the field of scholarship;
• Has used their talents to mentor others or lead scientific institutions;
• Has a background of innovation and risk-taking;
• Is or is not nationally known;
• Has an inside view of African American life and culture and identify with the African American experience; and
• Is committed to excellence and the pursuit/promotion of the scientific profession.
• Has several research publications in high regarded general journals (i.e. Science) or respected specific journal.
• May have patents based on work.
• Has received several accolades for their work including Endowed Chairs, National Medal of Science, and recognition in publication.
• Has been heavily cited by those in and out of his or her field.
• Has several research publications in highly regarded STEM education or STEM research journal.
• Worked at a high level for a STEM Education Organization.
• Served as tenured professor, Chair, or Provost for a University.
• Has received national teaching accolades.
• Has held high level rank at educational, non-profit, or corporate organization (i.e. Dean, President, CEO, Executive Director)
• Period of stay with above organization lasted more than six years
• The prominence of the organization was felt at a national level (whether Organization with branch focusing on STEM or Organization entirely devoted to STEM)
• May have held multiple high-ranking positions at educational, non-profit, or corporate organizations.
• Has mentored 10+ students in the course of their career
• May have founded or has participated in in/out-of-workplace mentoring programs for students for a number of years
• Has made a focus of their career on mentoring those in STEM disciplines
• Mentees are now successful STEM role models