FAMU Hosts STEM Research Boot Camp for Florida Women of Color

Florida A&M University Graduate student Sherita Ingram is one of 15 women of color to return to the classroom with less struggle and more confidence after FAMU’s week-long Research Boot Camp for STEM Scholars.

“I was super nervous,” said Ingram, a Ph.D. in risk and policy management. candidate for the FAMU. “We had an assignment where we had to present on the topic of our dissertations, and I changed my topic less than a month ago.”

After going through a camp filled with motivation and mentorship, Ingram now has the confidence she’s been searching for to move forward in the STEM field, where few people like her are represented.

“I am ready to be authentically me, show myself and be confident in who I am with everything I have learned instead of hiding or doubting my skills and abilities,” Ingram said.

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Jessica Saintibert, Joy Jefferson-Yager, Sherita Ingram and Ericka Horne (L to R) pose for a portrait Thursday, July 14, 2022, during a FAMU Research Bootcamp for women of color in Florida who are STEM scholars.

This was FAMU’s second year hosting Research Boot Camps, which they offer three times a year to work with STEM scholars in Florida who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, or other women of color.

The most recent camp, which ended last week, was funded by the National Science Foundation. FAMU is the lead university for NSF’s Florida Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), whose goal is to develop a more diverse research workforce.