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.


CEA Sees 66-point Increase in US News 2019 Best Graduate Schools Rankings

Tue, May, 15 2018

The College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) sees a 66-point increase in ranking in the U.S. News 2019 Best Graduate Schools Rankings. This historic increase over the past three years places CEA in the nation's top 12 percent of engineering colleges. Read More >>

Highlights from Our 2018 Recognition and Awards Ceremony

Mon, May, 14 2018

Days before our CEA Recognition and Awards Ceremony, campus grounds were buzzing with the excitement of family members anticipating the moment that their graduates would walk the stage. Staff and faculty were equally excited! Read More >>


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