The Timbuktu Academy resides at Southern University, Baton Rouge. It is funded by the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research (ONR) and was established in 1990 to mentor undergraduate physics majors. Pursuant to funding by ONR, in 1993, the Academy moved from a demonstration stage to one of national-model status; included pre-college programs; and recruited majors in other fields, with emphasis on engineering and chemistry in addition to physics. They apply the developmental process as a scientific process in itself and use specific measures including journal publications to validate its efficacy and utility.


Specific objectives of The Timbuktu Academy that may be expanded upon by this NAVSEA initiative include:

  • Produce 50 well-trained Bachelor degree holders in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry (EPC), and other sciences and to guide these graduates to the successful pursuit of advanced degrees (i.e., Ph.D.);

  • Produce and disseminate new knowledge in science, mathematics, engineering and in education/mentoring;

  • Render professional services to the educational, private, and other communities through publications, presentations, and consulting.

To date, the Timbuktu Academy has supported over 147 students to complete undergraduate studies with over 92 going on complete graduate degrees. Additionally, over 1675 pre-college students have completed The Timbuktu Academy’s summer enrichment programs.


Other areas that The Timbuktu Academy offers as linkages to NAVSEA’s initiative includes a framework that provides:

  • Systemic Mentoring Activities

  • Communication Skills Enhancement

  • Financial support

  • Conduct Of Specific Research Projects

  • Scientific Advisement

  • Tutoring

  • Generic Research, Literature Searches

  • Enhancement Of Computer/Tech. Skills



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