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United Tribes awarded NASA grant
27 October 2010

WASHINGTON - United Tribes Technical College is among a small group of academic institutions nationwide to receive a grant to strengthen offerings in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM.

      NASA made the awards to nine academic institutions and their partners that serve large numbers of minority and underrepresented students. The grants total approximately $1.15 million through the agency's Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research (CIPAIR) project.

Mandy Guinn

      United Tribes is among seven institutions that will receive one-year funding ranging from approximately $145,000 to $150,000 per year for up to three years, based on performance and availability of funds. Two other organizations will receive planning grants to increase the quantity and quality of STEM curricula.

      The institutions and partners selected are:

  • Atlanta Metropolitan College
  • New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Hostos Community College, Bronx, N.Y.
  • San Mateo/Canada Community College in San Francisco and San Francisco State University
  • Santa Monica Community College in California and the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Spelman College in Atlanta and Gadsen Community College, Gadsen, Ala.
  • United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., and Louisburg Community College, Louisburg, N.C.
  • Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, N.C. (Planning Grant)
  • LaGuardia Community College in Long Island, N.Y., and Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Planning Grant)

Rebekah Olson

      Selections were based on proposals reviewed by scientists and educators from private industry, academia, the National Science Foundation and NASA. The formal award, financial arrangements and grant administration will be made through the NASA Shared Services Center. CIPAIR is managed for NASA by the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

      The United Tribes STEM program is directed by Dr. Jen Janecek Hartman. Instructors Mandy Guinn and Rebekah Olson prepared and submitted the successful grant proposal.

      The awards provide funding that continues NASA's commitment to achieving a broad-based, competitive aerospace research and technology development capability among the nation's minority serving institutions, said the agency in a release. NASA continues to invest in projects that will build, sustain and provide a skilled, knowledgeable and diverse workforce to meet the emerging needs of the agency and the nation.


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