Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Resources for teaching STEM students

When is it?

The month of May

What is it?

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a period for the duration of the month of May for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

STEM Role Models:



  • Celebrating APA Heritage Month with Past SWE President, Nora Lin podcast
  • Balancing Work and Mom Life as an Engineer- APAHM podcast
  • Episode 86: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander women engineers




  • includes a lengthy list of Asian/Pacific Islander Scholarships
  • Accredited Schools Online includes a page called Scholarships for Asian-Pacific Islander College Students
  • Asian Pacific Fund is a community foundation that provides a list of scholarships with The Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund and the Chevron Filipino Employee Network Scholarship especially for those interested in STEM fields
  • ACS Scholars Program for minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields
  • NASA National Scholarship Programs: Scholarship opportunity that focuses on underserved students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines at the undergraduate level that provides a scholarship and internship at NASA Center or NASA Headquarters.


Leadership & Resources:

  • People of Color in STEM: Asian, Pacific Islander a page on Tricollege Libraries discusses racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States. This library guide seeks to center the voices and lived experiences of people of color (POC) in STEM.
  • This article on The Diplomat provides an interesting take on  STEM Gender Bias Cripples Asia-Pacific Region saying that the future depends on girls and women having equal opportunities to learn – and to contribute – in the STEM disciplines.
  • Accredited Schools Online offers a list of On-Campus and Off-Campus Support for API Students