The Academy is located at Southern University and A&M College-Baton Rouge, LA (SUBR), which has an undergraduate student population of 10,000. Southern University at Baton Rouge is a historically black, public, Land Grant institution of higher education whose mission comprises quality, instruction, research, and service. Departments of the College of Sciences include those of Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Audiology, and Physics. The Baton Rouge Campus is an autonomous unit of the Southern University and A&M College System which has campuses in Shreveport-Bossier City (SUSBO), and New Orleans (SUNO).

The foundation of the Timbuktu Academy rests on fundamental principles with pervasive implications in teaching and learning. The set of these principles and of activities and processes designed to heed them constitutes the Paradigm of the Timbuktu Academy. We provide below four of the working principles that undergrid the operation of the Timbuktu Academy.

The Timbuktu Academy currently supports and mentors one hundred (100) undergraduate scholars (Physics, Engineering, and Chemistry) in its Undergraduate Research Program (URP). The Summer Bridge Institute (SBI) is a research and mentoring program for high school graduates. The Summer Science Institute (SSI) is an extensive six-week residential program for rising 12th graders. The Summer Science Institute-Middle (SSI-M) is an extensive three week non-residential hands-on research program for middle school students. The Educational Services Program (ESP) reaches per year over 5,000 precollege students, teachers, and parents through publications, mentoring, etc.