HBCU Quantum at Howard University

A quantum-enabled, student-powered community

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About Us 

The HBCU Quantum Coalition is a one-of-a-kind research and education center designed to prepare and develop Black talent in the STEM community for the future of quantum. We are a community of students, researchers, faculty, and quantum enthusiasts who know that the world deserves an open, diverse, and inclusive quantum future. Our 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

IBM-HBCU Quantum Center Members

Albany State University

Clark Atlanta University

Coppin State University

Hampton University

Howard University

Morehouse College

Morgan State University

North Carolina A&T

Southern University

Texas Southern University

University of the Virgin Islands

Virginia Union University

Xavier University of Louisiana

Read the IBM Research Blog How HBCUs are using Qiskit Quantum at Howard University

Community Hackathon! Nov. 12-15, 2020

We’re officially kicking off the HBCU Quantum Coalition and the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center with a community hackathon. The best way to learn is by doing.

Dates: November 12-15, 2020

We recommend joining the hackathon with a few friends, if you're coding with a team--make sure to include the name when registering. Registrations will close at 12:00pm EST on November 12th.

  1. Register: qisk.it/HBCU-hackathon
  2. Get Connected. Our main source of communication for the event will be the Qiskit workspace. Join the workspace and add yourself to the #hbcu-coalition channel.
  3. Assemble your team. Team and individual registrations are welcome for all projects. Work solo or grab some friends! No team, no worries--participants can form teams within the #hbcu-coalition channel.
Register Here

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.