UAPB's Benjamin honored at STEM Conference


Mary Benjamin, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was honored with an award for college-level promotion of education at the recent Women of Color STEM Conference.

Hosted annually by the Career Communication Group’s Women of Color Magazine, the conference recognizes outstanding women in the STEM fields and provides opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting.

Benjamin graduated from Tuskegee Institute and Atlanta University before earning her doctoral degree in sociology from Mississippi State University. As UAPB’s vice chancellor for academic affairs, she has developed programs promoting academic advancements for students and faculty. She manages recommendations for employment, promotion, tenure and retention. She serves as academic liaison to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and is the founder of the UAPB STEM Academy. She has given leadership in obtaining STEM expansion grants totaling $16 million from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.

UAPB Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Jeffrey Foster nominated Benjamin for the award.