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Our mission is to provide 


for HBCU students on their Journey to Doctorate.


Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) were created to provide formal training and education to Black Americans, who were prohibited from attending predominantly white institutions. While HBCUs continue to produce a significant number of Black graduates with a B.S. in STEM,  they comprise less than 2% of awarded STEM doctoral degrees in the U.S. One potential source for this disparity includes limited access to resources and knowledge of career paths outside of professional school.


HBCU-DAP was created July 2019 by two HBCU alumni to prepare and support HBCU students for the graduate school application process and transition into a research-intensive doctoral program.

Our mission is to provide RESOURCES, MENTORSHIP, and SUPPORT 

for HBCU students on their Journey to Doctorate.


Meet the Board


Sierra Nance, PhD

Executive Director & Founder

Sierra founded HBCU-DAP to mentor HBCU students through the graduate school application process and transition. Not only does Sierra work to ensure the team's goals align with HBCU-DAP's mission, she creates content  for the Virtual Workshop Series and ensures the needs of the HBCU-DAP family are met. Sierra has a B.S. in Chemistry from Winston Salem State University and received her PhD in Molecular & Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan.


Tony Larkin, PhD

Director of Finance

Tony is naturally curious and interested in solving complex problems - especially in the brain. In addition to his commitment to science, he is committed to empowering all students in pursuit of doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences and careers in STEM. Tony helps build the curriculum for the Virtual Workshop Series and manages HBCU-DAP's finances. Tony graduated from Morehouse College with a B.S. in Biology and Neuroscience from Morehouse College. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and is currently a post-doc fellow. 


Nnamdi Edokobi, PhD

Production Director

Nnamdi brings his passion for technology and media to the team, and serves as HBCU-DAP's Production Director. He ensures Tony and Sierra are camera-ready and everything related to media production is on point! Nnamdi graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Biology. He received his PhD in 2021 in  Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and currently works in patent law.



Our goal is to provide FREE resources, mentorship, and support for HBCU students interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in STEM. Your donation will help us to continue to do this work and reach more students.

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