Department of Natural Sciences
Scholars Academy in the College of Sciences and Technology
University of Houston-Downtown
A System of Activity-Based STEM Leadership Development
University of Houston-Downtown’s Scholars Academy utilizes several mechanisms throughout the collegiate careers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors to purposefully, and intentionally, train undergraduates in the development of leadership skills. The belief that leadership is learned works to develop people and work groups encourages a flexible approach for leadership training. This coordinated effort offers a template for others working with undergraduates and embedded leadership development efforts. Focus on two grant-funded leadership development initiatives provides details of the activities undertaken while informing undergraduate attitudes and perceived levels of leadership capacity.