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


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Sierra co-founded HBCU-DAP July 2019 to mentor HBCU students through the graduate school application process. 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.

Sierra has a B.S. in Chemistry from Winston Salem State University (c/o 2015) and is currently a PhD candidate in Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan.

Sierra Nance
Executive Director

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 to doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences and careers in STEM. As co-founder of HBCU-DAP, he builds the curriculum for the Virtual Workshop Series. 

Tony completed his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Neuroscience at Morehouse College and is currently a doctoral candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. 

Tony Larkin
Director of Finance

Nnamdi brings his passion for technology and media to the team, and serves as HBCU-DAP's production team. 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 (UMBC) with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Biology. He is currently a PhD candidate in Pharmacology at the University of Michigan.

Nnamdi Edokobi

As a Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) coordinator, Edmund supports programs that engage with MSIs for the purpose of developing relationships that foster collaboration and expand access  for underrepresented students.  

Edmund received a B.S. in Marketing from Grambling State University, an M.Ed. in Work and Human Resource Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is completing a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

Edmund Graham
Senior Advisor



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.


Email us: hbcudap@gmail.com

Follow us on Twitter: @hbcu_dap

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