Mission 

The STEM Excellence through Equity & Diversity (SEED) Scholars program provides a diverse, holistic network that prepares outstanding undergraduates to become change-makers, scholars, and leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and thereby increases the representation of historically marginalized individuals in academia and other STEM professions. 

Approach

Each year, a diverse group of 25 STEM students is selected to join the SEED Scholars Program. For the next four years - starting the summer before their first semester - these undergraduates receive academic and social support; one-on-one mentoring by peers, graduate students, faculty, and industry professionals; research immersion; and professional development.

As community members who live together, they build an environment where everyone thrives, sharing their experiences, challenging and supporting each other. 

The program is an integral part of the student’s development as they transition from high school to college, throughout their undergraduate experience, into graduate programs and beyond.

Ethos

We know that we are stronger and more innovative when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and points of view. The SEED Scholars Program aims to cultivate an inclusive and high-performing STEM culture that speaks to each scholar’s strengths. We want all of our students to embrace and leverage their individual and each other’s talents and diverse perspectives, foster a sense of belonging among themselves and the scientific community at large, achieve their full academic potential and contribute to each other’s success. 

The Meyerhoff Model

The SEED Scholars Program is based on the Meyerhoff Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). 

The program focuses on highly able students who aspire to become leading research scientists and engineers. The program is open to students of all backgrounds committed to increasing the representation of minorities in science and engineering. In a proven formula for success, the program adheres to 13 key components(link is external)(link is external). Where top scholars at other institutions are motivated by competition, the Meyerhoff model relies on mutual support and continually challenging each other to do more, and holding each other accountable.