HBCU Quantum at Howard University

A quantum-enabled, student-powered community

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The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center is a multi-year investment designed to prepare and develop talent at HBCUs from all STEM disciplines for the quantum future. It will emphasize the power of community and focus on developing students through support and funding for research opportunities, curriculum development, workforce advocacy, and special projects. The main goals are to:

  • Increase the number of Black students educated in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE)
  • Strengthen research efforts of faculty at HBCUs in QISE
  • Provide opportunities for scholarship, fellowships, and internships for HBCU undergraduate and graduate students
  • Empower HBCUs to lead in the newly emerging field of quantum and impact the greater Black community
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IBM-HBCU Quantum Center Member Institutions

Alabama State University

Albany State University

Bowie State University

Clark Atlanta University

Coppin State University

Delaware State University

Dillard University

Florida A&M University

Hampton University

Howard University

Morehouse College

Morgan State University

Norfolk State University

North Carolina A&T University

North Carolina Central University

South Carolina State University

Southern University

Tennessee State University

Texas Southern University

University of the District of Columbia

University of the Virgin Islands

Virginia Union University

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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a cool initiative, and I’m really excited to learn more, what should I do?

If you’d like to get involved, join the community by telling us more about yourself here. We will reach out to you with more details via e-mail.

How do I know if this community is for me?

The HBCU Quantum Coalition’s mission is to put Black talent at the center of the future of quantum. We’re working across industry and academia to build a community that can connect and train Black talent. If you support this mission, this community is for you. We welcome anyone to the community, from the quantum curious to deep experts in the field.

What majors or backgrounds are best for this community?

Early initiatives in the HBCU Quantum Coalition will focus on preparing all STEM majors for entry into the quantum field. But this field is still forming and is already interdisciplinary—the IBM Quantum team is made up of people of various backgrounds, from business to biology to chemistry to computer science to physics.

My HBCU isn’t listed, how can I get involved?

We plan to engage as many HBCUs as possible. While some of our initiatives will be targeted to the partner institutions, we will also have events open to all of the HBCU community. If you are student and don’t see your university listed but want to join, fill out our this form to tell us more about yourself.

How were the initial HBCUs selected?

A few HBCUs were prioritized based on research and education focus, including current programs in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and other STEM fields. These HBCUs have both faculty and students that are committed to the goals of this partnership. We welcome all to join the community and to start discussions on your campus if you or your HBCU would like to be more engaged.

I can’t wait to start learning more about quantum technologies, where should I start?

We’re partnering with IBM and the Qiskit community for all of our research and education initiatives. You can get started at IBM Quantum or Qiskit, or even start teaching yourself how to program a quantum computer with this hands-on course.