Although it is open to all students who want to participate, the TB-B2B program, one of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) partnerships, is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. NSF defines these underrepresented minority groups as African-American, Alaskan Native, American Indian/Native American, Hawaiian Native, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Pacific Islander.
Majoring in a STEM discipline is quite demanding. TB-B2B offers enrolled students a community of peers, faculty, and staff committed to supporting students’ excellence in academics, personal and leadership development, and career preparation. Available TB-B2B services offer students help with coursework, provide social support, promote familiarity with STEM professions and workplace expectations, and assist in identifying scholarship, internship, and research opportunities.
TB-B2B students receive support through a range of program services, including dedicated STEM advising, opportunities to develop professionally in STEM fields through internships, undergraduate research, and STEM conference participation, and cohort engagement.
TB-B2B activities that are common across Tampa Bay institutions include:
- Dedicated STEM advising
- Supplemental learning with peer leaders
- Annual STEM conference
- Skill-building workshops
Partner institutions will work with students to find scholarships and student supports wherever possible.