South Carolina State University students William Dumpson, left, and Alejandra Chirino, center, talk with Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Michalske at a recent research exchange involving the laboratory and seven historically black colleges and universities.

Last week, student and faculty leaders at seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) spent the day at the Center for Hydrogen Research at Savannah River National Laboratory, reporting on their work to professional scientists and engineers at the Laboratory during a poster display showcase.

These schools - Benedict College, Claflin University, Clinton Junior College, Denmark Technical College,  Paine College, South Carolina State University, and Voorhees College – were awarded nearly  $9 million in a grant from the Office of Environmental Management in 2010, along with Allen University and Morris College, who were not present at the event.

As Dr. Terry Michalske, Director of the Savannah River National Laboratory, reported to the Aiken Standard, “we have a tremendous resources here in the region – in our historically black colleges – and I’m making sure that we are tapping into it. It’s important for me that 10 years from now, 20 years from now that the Savannah River National Laboratory has the best scientists and engineers. And that means I need to find them today.”

The grant from the Office of Environmental Management was used to develop academic programs that promote minority involvement in science and technical research fields. HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions are key partners to the Department. The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity works to foster partnerships and advocates for Minority Serving Institutions’ engagement in the Department's work. 

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