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Published:September 9th, 2008 15:34 EST
NASA Awards Education Research Grants To Minority Universities

NASA Awards Education Research Grants To Minority Universities

By SOP newswire2

WASHINGTON -- NASA`s Office of Education is awarding research grants
totaling nearly $35 million to seven minority institutions.

The goal of NASA`s Minority University Research and Education Program
is to establish significant, multi-disciplinary scientific,
engineering and commercial research centers at the host universities
that contribute substantially to NASA programs. The awards will help
to achieve a broad based, competitive aerospace research and
technology development capability among the nation`s Historically
Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Universities.

The grants also will help increase participation by faculty and
students of selected colleges and universities in the research
programs of NASA`s mission directorates, and increase the number of
underrepresented minorities who obtain advanced degrees in
NASA-related fields. Each university will receive up to $1 million
per year for a maximum of five years based on performance and
availability of funds. NASA`s Office of Education intends to issue a
cooperative agreement notice for the University Research Center
project in the coming fiscal year.

The university organizations selected to receive awards are:

NASA University Research Center SPACE Center, California State
University, Los Angeles

WaterSCAPES: Science of Coupled Aquatic Processes in Ecosystems from
Space, Florida International University, Miami

Howard University Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation,
Howard University, Washington

Center of Excellence in Systems Engineering for Space Exploration
Technologies, Morgan State University, Baltimore

The Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space
Exploration, Prairie View A & M University, Prairie View, Texas

Center for Bio-Nanotechnology and Environmental Research, Texas
Southern University, Houston

Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials II, University of Puerto Rico,
Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan

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