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SC State joins IBM-HBCU Quantum Center

SC State joins IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, nation's first quantum education and research initiative focused on driving diversity and skills development in quantum computing


1890 June 24ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- February 22, 2021 -- Today, South Carolina State University is announcing it has joined the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, the nation’s first?quantum education and research initiative?for Historically Black Colleges and Universities aimed at driving quantum skills development and building a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce. SC State is one of 10 newly added institutions that comprise the 23 HBCUs that have joined the Center to date. As part of the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, SC State will have access to IBM quantum computers on the cloud,?as well as opportunities for joint collaboration on research, education, and community outreach programs.


“This partnership with IBM is a golden opportunity for SC State and other HBCU institutions to advance learning in a cutting-edge sector,” SC State President James E. Clark said. “This much-needed initiative will offer our students the necessary skills to compete in the modern work environment. Developing a qualified workforce is essential to our mission.


“SC State is proud to be among the first universities in the nation to take part in this historic step,” Clark said.


Driving a Diverse and Inclusive Quantum Workforce


Established in September 2020, the IBM-HBCU Quantum?Center?is a multi-year investment designed to prepare and develop?talent at HBCUs from all STEM disciplines for the quantum future.?It?emphasizes the power of community and focuses on developing students through support and funding for research opportunities, curriculum development, workforce advocacy, and special projects.?


IBM continues to deliver on the Center’s goal to build a sustainable quantum research and education program by increasing the number of Black students educated in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE), strengthening research efforts of faculty at HBCUs in QISE, providing opportunities for scholarships, fellowships and internships, and empowering HBCUs to lead in the quantum workforce and broader Black communities.


"IBM’s priority in launching the Center is to support and facilitate quantum research and education for HBCU faculty and students as part of the growing quantum workforce,” said Dr. Kayla Lee, Product Manager for Community Partnerships, IBM Quantum. “We’re proud to continue building on the momentum of the founding institutions and looking forward to collaborating with South Carolina State University to build a quantum future.”


In addition to SC State, the other 10 universities joining the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center today, include:


  • Alabama State University
  • Bowie State University
  • Delaware State University
  • Dillard University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Tennessee State University
  • University of the District of Columbia

The 23 HBCUs participating in the Center?were prioritized based on their research and education focus in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and other STEM fields. For more information about the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, read HBCU Center Driving Diversity and Inclusion in Quantum Computing.