Minister Nathan L. R. Harris

Nathan Lee Roy Harris, a first-year graduate student at The Ohio State University (OSU), Department of Engineering Education (EED), has been recently awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). The NSF GRFP is a highly prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students who show immense promise as researchers and leaders in STEM fields.

He recently graduated cum laude from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia obtaining a Bachelor’s in Computer Science as a Gates Millennium Scholar. Nathan’s roots run deep in the Scarlet and Gray, and he is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the university. He is the fourth generation of his family to attend The Ohio State University—a tradition from which he draws strength and that he is honored to continue.

Nathan is passionate about giving back to his community. Upon receiving the Gates Millennium Scholarship, he founded the “Claiming My No Debt College Education College Preparedness” Workshop which focuses on providing resources to students (grades 5-12), parents, and guardians to help prepare them for the financial, social, medical and emotional aspects of post-secondary education and entrepreneurship. Nathan currently serves as the Youth Minister at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, appointed by the late Dr. Charles Edward Booth. He is a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) where he has been an active member for over 10 years. Nathan has always recognized that he is his ancestors’ wildest dreams and the work that he seeks to accomplish both honors those dreams and looks forward to future generations.  
Building upon his history and experience, and through three internships at Google, Nathan realized there was a need to increase the representation of underrepresented people in tech spaces. As a result, his NSF Fellowship research focuses on broadening participation in STEM and the impact that summer K-12 Computer Science programs have on influencing students pursuits of computer science and engineering careers.