NNSA’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) provides access to advanced facilities and technology, along with financial support through grants, to students studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The program helps launch careers – ensuring a diverse group of hard-working, new graduates are well acquainted with job opportunities at NNSA.
Cory Jackson is the MSIPP Program Manager. He recently traveled to the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) in Missouri and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, West Virginia, for a firsthand look at the extraordinary benefit this program has on students.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the impact MSIPP has on these students. The research work that they do is truly impressive and they’re so excited to keep on exploring and learning,” said Jackson.
Each year at the end of summer, students showcase the projects they have worked on over the course of their internships with research presentations. Jackson got to see what they learned while in their actual work environment/lab space. He was also able to speak with them candidly about their summer experiences and aspirations.
KCNSC hosted student interns this summer from Lincoln University, Clark Atlanta University, and North Carolina A&T State University. NETL hosted student interns as well as faculty members from Universidad del Turabo; University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez; University of Texas, El Paso; and Miami Dade College. Jackson met with leadership from both KCNSC’s and NETL’s MSIPP programs to discuss strategies that will allow for even greater partnership with minority-serving institutions to further enrich the future STEM workforce.