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Department of Energy

Who We Serve

Minority Serving Institutions are institutions of higher education that serve minority populations.  They are unique both in their missions and in their day-to-day operations.  Some of these colleges and universities are located in remote regions of the country, whereas others serve urban neighborhoods. Some minority-serving institutions are only a few decades old, whereas others, particularly the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, have been providing quality education to their constituents for more than a century.

Check out this page for more information about the types of Minority Serving Institutions that we work closely with.

Our Activities

We foster partnerships and serve as advocates for Minority Educational Institutions by engaging the Department's program offices, laboratories, and field sites in establishing business relationships with these institutions, including research opportunities, grants, or cooperative agreements. The successes of these partnerships are measured by the increased capability of Minority Educational Institutions to compete effectively for grants and contracts at the Department. Questions? Call us at (202) 586-8383

  • The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program brings students straight to our labs and headquarters for summer internships, providing stipend opportunities for students to actually meet and work with scientists and engineers in energy fields.
  • The technical assistance workshops we run for Minority Serving Institutions share information about Energy Department funding opportunities, tips for award winning proposals, and introduce MSI faculty to Department staff.

DOE Student Competitions

U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition

The Race to Zero inspires collegiate students to become the next generation of building science professionals through a design challenge for zero energy ready buildings. Students become part of a new leadership movement to achieve truly sustainable buildings. Through this competition, future architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs will gain the skills and experience to start careers in clean energy and generate creative solutions to real-world problems.

For more information, click here.