Blacks in Science Mission

“To expose African American and disadvantaged youth to science, to encourage students to explore science education and careers, and to empower students academically, socially and economically.

2008 Blacks in Science Awards Dinner

The Blacks in Science Awards Dinner is our signature annual event that exposes minority and disadvantaged youth to African American math and science professionals. More than 300 scientists, engineers, educators, students and community leaders will celebrate the past and present achievements of African Americans in science careers.  Proceeds benefit African American and disadvantaged youth programs and scholarships in the science field.

imageSaint Louis Science Center
May Hall
Saturday February 23, 2008 6-9pm.

2008 Keynote Speaker
Dr.Toni Hoover
Senior Vice President and Director for Pfizer Global Research and Development (PGRD) Groton/New London Laboratories

VIP Tickets $85 Individual Tickets $35
(VIP tickets include a one year membership to the Saint Louis Science Center)

Tickets can be purchase at the Science Center by calling 314-289-4424 or visit for more information.

For sponsorship information contact, Irving Blue, Executive Director, Forest Park Southeast Development Corporation at 314-533-6704 or

Tickets are available for the Body Worlds Exhibit –
$15.00 private viewing begins 4:30 p.m. Saturday, February 23 2008

Why support the Blacks in Science Initiative?

Although African Americans represent about 12 percent of the U.S. workforce, they constitute only about four percent of doctors and occupy only five percent of jobs in areas which require a technical background such as engineering, computer science, and research fields that offer secure and sustainable high-income employment.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, black undergraduates are significantly less likely than whites to major in engineering, biological sciences, or physical sciences, and more likely to major in the social sciences or the humanities.

Our goal is to increase the “pipeline” – prepare a large number of youth who will be attracted to the sciences and eventually be prepared to complete the course work required to be successful.  In order to achieve this we will have to work closely with our sponsors and partners to identify mentoring opportunities, summer study programs, research opportunities and financial support.