WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected six universities that serve large
numbers of minority and underrepresented students to receive research
grants totaling nearly $30 million. The funding will help the
universities establish significant, multi-disciplinary scientific,
engineering and commercial research centers that contribute
substantially to NASA programs.
The six universities selected are:
- California State University in Long Beach for the Center for Human
Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies
- Delaware State University in Dover for the establishment of a NASA
Optical Sciences Center for Applied Research
- North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro for the Center
for Aviation Safety
- North Carolina Central University in Durham for the NASA Center for
Aerospace Device Research and Education
- University of Texas in Brownsville for the Center for Gravitational
- University of Texas in El Paso for the Center for Space Exploration
Each university will receive up to $1 million per year for up to five
years based on performance and availability of funds.
These awards provide funding that continues NASA's commitment of
achieving a broad based, competitive aerospace research and
technology development capability among the nation's Historically
Black Colleges and Universities and other minority schools.
Through the NASA Group 5 University Research Center awards program,
NASA seeks to foster new aerospace science and technology concepts
and expand the nation's base for aerospace research and development.
The program also aims to develop mechanisms for increased
participation in NASA's research by faculty and students from
Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority
universities. The goal is to increase the number of underrepresented
minorities who obtain advanced degrees in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics.
NASA's Office of Education funded the awards. The six institutions
were selected from among 35 that submitted proposals. Selections were
based on proposal reviews by scientists and educators from the
academic community, private industry and NASA.
Through this and the agency's other college and university programs,
NASA continues to invest in the nation's education with a focus on
developing a future workforce trained in critical science,
technology, engineering and mathematics skills.
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