NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP)
has awarded approximately $2 million in new cooperative agreements
to three tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).
These new agreements provide opportunities for TCU students,
faculty and staff to engage in NASA-related science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.
The awards, made through the NASA Tribal College and University
Experiential Learning Opportunity (TCU-ELO) program, has a three-year
performance period and range in value from $512,700 to $783,000.
The agreements will assist these tribal colleges and their partners
in the creation of experiential learning opportunities for students.
The selected institutions for 2014 are:
- Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kan.
- Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, N.M.
- Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer, Mont.
The winning proposals offer innovative methods, approaches and
concepts to make appropriate use of current NASA-unique engineering
and scientific resources. There also is a strong emphasis on engaging
students and educators at the elementary, secondary and undergraduate
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages
and administers TCU-ELO activity. TCU-ELO supports NASA's goal of
engaging tribal community in the critical STEM disciplines and focuses
on inspiring the next generation of explorers.
For a list of selected organizations and project descriptions,
click on "Selected Proposals" and see the entry for "2013-2014
NASA Tribal College and University Experiential Learning Opportunity
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