Washington, D.C. - The Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration awarded nine new grants totaling $40.8 million to Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to leverage untapped potential in students and expand the DOE-NNSA talent pathway.

The program now has a total of 33 active consortia partnerships that encompass 56 schools and 14 DOE-NNSA laboratories, sites, and plants.

MSIPP’s efforts are designed to support the development of a diverse, highly skilled, and enduring stream of talented students in STEM fields who are working to advance America’s nuclear security agenda. Through its support of MSIs, MSIPP provides competitive, consortia-based grant awards with a three-to-five-year period of performance.

“MSIPP continues to expand its impact nationally, increasing the number of active consortia and strengthening partnerships between minority-serving institutions and DOE and NNSA labs, sites, and plants. In the last year, over 240 MSI students participated in an internship with the Nuclear Security Enterprise,” said Jill Hruby, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. “These experiences positively influence students' professional growth and strengthen the NNSA workforce. We look forward to training the next generation of experts and leaders with diverse academic and professional backgrounds through MSIPP.”

The nine new consortia are:

  • Consortium on Nuclear Security Technologies (CONNECT), led by the University of Texas at San Antonio, involving partnerships with St. Mary’s University, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
    • The overarching goal of CONNECT is to expand innovation in nuclear security by educating and training next-generation professionals with backgrounds in nuclear science, fissionable fuels fabrication and processing, and data and visual analytics. CONNECT is a continuation of a previous award, receiving further funding to pursue cutting-edge objectives.
  • The Rio Grande Consortium for Advanced Research on Exascale Simulation (Grande CARES), led by the University of New Mexico, involving partnerships with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico State University, Prairie View A&M University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Sandia National Laboratories.
    • The Grande CARES team aims to develop a sustainable workforce pathway for students trained in advanced Modeling and Simulation by bolstering an in-depth understanding of multiphysics concepts from multiple disciplines through research and an innovative curriculum.
  • Enabling Native Researchers and Graduate Engineering (ENRGE), led by Navajo Technical University, involving partnerships with Alabama A&M University, Florida International University, Idaho National Laboratory, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
    • The goal of the ENRGE consortium is to increase the number of Native American researchers by building the first master’s and doctoral degree programs in engineering at tribal universities.
  • Consortium for Education and Research in Electronics for Extreme Environments (E3C), led by the University of Texas at El Paso, involving partnerships with North Carolina A&T State University, the University of New Mexico, Kansas City National Security Campus, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories.
    • E3C offers underrepresented minority (URM) electrical engineers a variety of educational opportunities in technology transfer, research programs, and career development.
  • Partnership for Radiation Studies (PARS), led by Alabama A&M University, involving partnerships with Fisk University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Savannah River National Laboratory.
    • The PARS consortium creates a sustainable pathway for minority students by supporting research and student training opportunities, in collaboration with DOE-NNSA national laboratories.
  • Microelectronics & Materials Engineering Education for Nuclear and Cyber Security (MEMENCYS), led by the University of California – Riverside, involving partnerships with the University of California – Irvine, and Sandia National Laboratories.  
    • The goal of MEMENCYS is to create a diverse educational pathway in the field of microelectronics, inspiring participants to secure future careers in Nuclear Security Enterprise laboratories.  
  • Consortium for Research and Education in Cyber Manufacturing Applications for Modular Nuclear Reactors (CMA-MNuR), led by Florida International University, involving partnerships with Alabama A&M University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Central Florida, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Idaho National Laboratory.
    • The objective of CMA-MNuR is to advance cyber-manufacturing technologies in support of nuclear technologies. CMA-MNuR develops STEM students using education and training in the nuclear industry, preparing a diverse workforce for NNSA.
  • Consortium on Sensing, Energy-efficient Electronics and Photonics with 2D Materials and Integrated Systems for Training the Next-Generation DOE-NNSA STEM Workforce (SEEP-IT), led by the University of North Texas, involving partnerships with the University of Texas – Arlington, the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff, Sandia National Laboratories, and Argonne National Laboratory.
    • SEEP-IT grows the number of minority graduates and post-doctoral students through a strong collaborative network with researchers and DOE facilities, increasing the number of students hired into the Nuclear Security Enterprise workforce.
  • MSIPP Gulf Coast Consortium: Materials-At-The-Extreme (MATE) - Material Science for Extreme Environments, led by Florida A&M University, involving partnerships with Prairie View A&M University, Sandia National Laboratories, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    • MATE increases research and education opportunities to foster effective relationships with regional institutions focused on advanced material processing, fostering student growth, and establishing career pathways. MATE will develop a future advanced materials program expected to provide a sustainable model of support for MSI students through graduate school.  

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