Black History Month: Celebrating Black Scientists
In the United States, the proportion of black professionals in science and engineering occupations is “substantially lower” than their representation in the workforce as a whole1, even though a “relatively high” proportion of black students enter college intending to major in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields2. Many researchers have worked to pinpoint why this disparity exists and how to fix it. Interested in learning about the issues facing black scientists and STEM majors, or looking at successful black scientists throughout history? The Georgia State University Library has many resources of note, from accounts from black scientists to scholarly articles to encyclopedias. Check out a selection of our resources below, along with some links to organizations for black scientists.
- GSU Minority Premedical/Predental Association
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
- National Society of Black Physicists
- Newtork of Minority Health Research Investigators
- NIH Black Scientists Association
Holbrook, J., Oluseyi, H., & Williams-Livingston, A. (2012). Total solar eclipse coverage in Africa: Boundary maintenance and the control of ‘image’ within the African-American scientific community. Critical Arts: A South-North Journal Of Cultural & Media Studies, 26(5), 762-787. doi:10.1080/02560046.2012.744731
Wyatt, G. E., Williams, J. K., & Henderson, T. (2009). On the outside looking in: Promoting HIV/AIDS research initiated by African American investigators. American Journal Of Public Health, 99, S48-S53.
(1) National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics. (2011). Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering: 2011. Arlington, VA.
(2) Maton, K.I. & Hrabowski, F.A. (2004). Increasing the number of African American PhDs in the sciences and engineering: A stregths-based approach. American Psychologist, 59(6), 547-556.