US Navy Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- On Aug. 30-31, the Department of the Navy's (DoN) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program will host its annual Naval Opportunity Awareness Workshop (OAW) at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta.
There will also be a special, student-focused pre-workshop event, Aug. 29, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
The workshop is aimed at college and university presidents, vice presidents, provosts, faculty, staff and students from HBCU/MIs. It will highlight research opportunities within the Navy and Marine Corps, summer faculty/sabbatical research opportunities, student internships and scholarships.
The OAW provides a platform for direct engagement between the Department of the Navy and key stakeholders, potential grantees and future partners. It serves as a recruitment tool to get more HBCU/MI faculty involved in naval-relevant scientific research, and to attract students to internships.
There are hundreds of minority-serving institutions across the country, and Navy HBCU/MI officials want to increase awareness to take advantage of the DoN HBCU/MI programs. HBCU/MI programs offer various opportunities for faculty and students to work collaboratively with scientists and engineers at naval labs on projects of mutual interest.
"HBCU/MI students are a national asset," said Anthony C. Smith Sr., director, Department of the Navy, HBCU/MI program. "We're interested in fostering student interest in scientific research and implementing their research into the DoD."
The DoN HBCU/MI program is based at the Office of Naval Research, with the mission of discovering some of the best and brightest minds at HBCU/MIs.
"These students and faculty are a huge, untapped asset that can benefit the Navy and the nation," said Smith.
The program has three main goals:
-Expand opportunities for schools to successfully compete for grants and contracts for basic and applied research.
-Offer scholarships, fellowships and internships to students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies.
-Promote greater student interest in STEM degrees at HBCU/MIs.
"We want our young minds and their ideas, infused into our programs," Smith Sr. said. "Diverse innovative minds will help us maintain a competitive advantage over our adversaries."
Watch a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPOFH9a6HiA about the Navy's HBCU/MI program.
For more information about the Naval Opportunity Awareness Workshop, or to register, please contact Dr. Cyntrica Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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