2013 MERIT Retreat information

This year,  the MERIT Retreat was held Tuesday, July 2nd at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; For the retreat, a keynote speaker was invited to speak to the MERIT Community about topics related to STEM education. This year, we are very excited that Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, President of the Univ. of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC) served as the keynote speaker for the annual MERIT Program Retreat!

Dr. Hrabowski is a leader in the field of promoting STEM education within the African-American community. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. Dr. Hrabowski serves as a consultant on many national committees, including the NSF, NIH and the National Academies, and has received numerous awards for his service. In 2012, Dr. Hrabowski was named by TIME Magazine as one of the World's 100 Most Influential People.  He also was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Dr. Hrabowski is originally from Birmingham and, as a child, took part in the Children's March in 1963.

In addition, we provided updates on the MERIT Program competitive renewal, heard from our partner schools Oakwood University and Stillman College, learned about the 3rd Year Scholars’ upcoming courses and discussed topics of interest and needs for the MERIT Program.

Stay tuned for detail for 2014's Retreat...