Overview & Objectives

The Global Education and Awareness Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR-UP) is a research initiative whose purpose is to address the challenge of preparing engineering and science undergraduates for global engagement and leadership. GEAR-UP is designed to address the unique challenge of preparing globally engaged scientists and engineers by increasing the number of African-American STEM undergraduates who have international research experience.

Each host site has local university mentors and whose faculty members work in conjunction with Howard University faculty to create and work on projects that are relevant.

The GEAR-UP Program is designed to increase the preparedness of minority engineering and science students to be globally engaged leaders upon graduation through three main avenues:

  • Education: to expose students to international scientific and engineering issues through enhanced course offerings
  • Awareness: to enhance students’ knowledge of engineering and science in an international environment through seminar series
  • Research: to provide the opportunity for minority STEM students to participate in an international research experience. Student researchers work with local university mentors at sites across the world (see list of host sites below).

More information can be found on the GEAR UP Website.

GEAR UP Summer 2015

Below are links to this year’s GEAR UP blogs, these are the stories and experiences of our students in their own words.


AIA President Carl Elefante Talks about Architecture’s Relevance Revolution with Our Students

Wed, October, 17 2018

Carl Elefante, FAIA, president of the American Institute of Architects delivered a powerful talk on “Architecture’s Relevance Revolution” on Monday, October 15 in our Innovation Space. Elefante is Principal and Director of Sustainability for Quinn Evans Architects, which has offices in Washington, D.C., Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan, and Madison, Wisconsin. He serves as design principal for a broad spectrum of projects including architecture, historic preservation, and community revitalization. Read More >>

Bringing the Local Perspective of Black Architects and Planners to Coincide with NMAAHC Symposium

Thu, October, 4 2018

The Department of Architecture was generously invited by Dr. Michelle Wilkinson of the National Museum of African American History and Culture to collaborate in bringing the local perspective of Black architects and planners to coincide with the museum’s symposium: Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners, 1968 to Now.Read More >>


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