National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA focuses on minority STEM students

May 18, 2018

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Frank Lowery, Dr. Dave Rude, and Cory Jackson participate in the annual MSIPP meeting
Frank Lowery, Dr. Dave Rude, and Cory Jackson participate in the annual MSIPP meeting

NNSA recently held a three day Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) technical meeting with consortia partners on the campuses of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. The overarching theme of the meeting was Leading and Driving the Future of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Following opening remarks from Mr. Frank Lowery, Deputy Associate Administrator for Management, participants were treated to a special address from Chief Learning Officer Dr. Dave Rude about administration priorities related STEM student programs.

“This program is a true win-win,” said Rude. “It enriches the STEM capabilities of colleges and universities, providing students with access to cutting-edge resources and technology, while also serving as a potential pipeline for NNSA to recruit bright, motivated new hires for our vital missions.”

“This program is a true win-win,” said Rude. “It enriches the STEM capabilities of colleges and universities, providing students with access to cutting-edge resources and technology, while also serving as a potential pipeline for NNSA to recruit bright, motivated new hires for our vital missions.”

Dr. Dave Rude
Chief Learning Officer

MSIPP supports six consortia based on common interests in STEM research areas such as cybersecurity or advanced manufacturing. During the technical meeting, each consortium presented their accomplishments over the past fiscal year.  The session allowed NNSA to collaborate with partners to position MSIPP for enduring success.  There were also breakout sessions, during which teams were able to intermingle – sharing ideas and models of success with one another.  The event culminated with a shared commitment to pave the way for MSIPP’s enduring success.

The 34 NNSA MSIPP participating institutions take turns hosting this annual gathering to showcase work being done across the nation to achieve program goals and objectives.

Additionally, other successful recruitment efforts like the NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program and the Pathways Program were also highlighted.