Cultivating the next generation

Empowering Young Minds in STEM

What does an advisor do?

NSBE Jr. advisors are the main organizers of NSBE Jr. chapters. The main administrators of the chapter, advisors are responsible for:

    Providing a safe space in which students can learn, explore and grow, and holding chapter meetings one to four times a month.

    Planning engaging events and activities for students to participate in.

    Providing opportunities for academic enrichment.

    Keeping parents and guardians up to date with chapter activities.

    Sharing resources, scholarships and other opportunities with students and parents.

    Creating and adhering to a chapter budget.

    Attending monthly NSBE Jr. advisor webinars.

    Maintaining communication with the NSBE PCI team.

Getting Started with NSBE Jr.

Establishing a NSBE Jr. Chapter

To charter or renew a NSBE Jr. chapter, the following criteria must be met: 

Must have at least five active (paid) NSBE Jr. members. National NSBE Jr. membership dues are $5 annually. A chapter may also collect additional chapter dues to cover chapter costs.

Have the following chapter executive officers assigned and active in NSBECONNECT. Instructions on how to assign chapter officers using NSBECONNECT can be found here.

  • At least one advisor (Chapter advisor must be an adult. We recommend two.)
  • President, vice president, secretary, programs chair, treasurer

There are several more resources available to NSBE Jr. advisors. For more information, download the NSBE Jr. Advisor Guide.

Building Your Chapter

Chapter advisors are responsible for choosing their chapter’s overall area of focus, which can range from STEM competitions to field trips to academic enrichment. Once you establish your chapter focus and structure, you can begin to develop chapter activities. Here are examples of focus areas:
  • STEM Activities & Projects

  • NSBE Jr. Competitions

  • Academic Enrichment

  • Leadership Development

  • Community Outreach

  • College Readiness and SAT/ACT Prep

There are several more resources available to NSBE Jr. advisors. For more information, download the advisor toolkit.

Black Excellence Engineered

We envision a world in which engineering is a mainstream word in homes and communities of color, and all Black students can envision themselves as engineers. In this world, Blacks exceed parity in entering engineering fields, earning degrees, and succeeding professionally.