Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Minority-Serving Groups to Manage Two New NASA Programs

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Minority-Serving Groups to Manage Two New NASA Programs

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has partnered with three minority-serving organizations to lead academic and scholarship programs designed to boost under-represented minority participation in engineering, math and science fields.

With a $3.5 million grant, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation will establish the NASA Science and Technology Institute for Minority Institutions at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The institute will provide researchers and students from minority-serving institutions with direct access to NASA facilities, technology and scientists. NASA officials say the institute will provide research-based fellowships, internships, co-ops and grants to professors and students from historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and other minority institutions.

"This joint venture will give minority students and researchers access to NASA and the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in the surrounding community of universities, high-tech research and development companies," says Dr. …

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