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1 Presented by: Bill Valdez Acting Director Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 16th Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education April 4, 2011 The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center 1400 M Street Northwest Washington D.C., DC 20005

2 In 2010 the Department of Energy provided $38.56 million in support to Hispanic Serving Institutions in the form of research and development opportunities, scholarships, internships and training. Large scale projects included: $3.15 million for the Department of Energy – Florida International University Science and Technology Workforce Development Initiative developed by the Office of Environmental Management designed to create a pipeline of minority engineers specifically trained and mentored to enter the Department of Energys workforce in technical areas of need. $7.82 million to the University of New Mexico to further the institutions STEM related research and developments efforts Funding to Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)

3 Institutions also supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Include: CUNY Bronx Community College University of Texas- Pan American Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico CUNY City College University of Houston University of Texas at El Paso University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez And many more… 2010 Funding to MEIs

4 Office of Minority Economic Impact Serves as conduit for Minority Educational Institutions (MEIs) who want to do business with DOE. Helps bring together MEIs and program offices to plant seeds for future cooperation. Administers the Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) in an effort to increase the number of students from diverse backgrounds working in the STEM fields.

5 5 Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) 10-week summer program at DOE Headquarters, National Labs, and Field Locations. Interns matched with mentors to develop their skills and encourage further exploration into STEM careers Students participate in enhancement activities Federal Employment Opportunities Writing & Presentation skills Networking events Business Etiquette Seminars Student Benefits Target recruiting from Minority Serving Institutions Bi-weekly Housing and roundtrip airfare included

6 Forging a Relationship with the Department of Energy Office of Science Five Reasons Why Universities Should Care Largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the world All research is competed and peer reviewed for quality and relevance A culture of discipline and planning that is sustained over decades Strong ties between use inspired basic research and its eventual application A history of partnerships with industry, academia and other Federal agencies

7 Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Student Programs: Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internships. Community College Institute of Science and Technology The National Science Bowl Educator Programs: DOE Academies Creating Teacher Scientists Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Faculty and Student Teams Workforce Development Programs: Graduate Fellowships WDTS Mission To help DOE and the Nation have a sustained pipeline of highly trained science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) individuals for the U.S. workforce.

8 Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Apply to a Project –Ex: SciDAC grant at: Apply to an Office of Science Program –Ex: Nuclear Physics at: Apply to a National Laboratory –Ex: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at: Get involved: Join an Advisory Committee Visit a program manager Volunteer to be a peer reviewer Become an IPA Seek a joint appointment at a DOE laboratory Participate in a Lehman Review Participate in a program review Participate in a Committee of Visitors This information can be found at the Office of Science website

9 Used Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment (ERLE) Grant Program Established to assist nonprofit educational institutions of higher learning located in the United States in equipping their science and engineering laboratories with used energy-related laboratory equipment for energy-related research and/or instructional purposes in the life, physical, and environmental sciences and engineering. Eligible institutions submit an equipment proposal request to the DOE field organization where the equipment is located, stating the objective to be met through use of the equipment. If the proposals are accepted, equipment grants are issued to the institutions. For additional information, visit:

10 Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research program that encourages minority students to pursue careers in science and technology. Research associates engage in solar energy research projects, thereby contributing to the development of cost-competitive, market-applicable technologies. Participants encouraged to participate in renewable energy- related summer internships. Successful in retention of minority students in the science and technology areas and helps many students reach their educational and career goals participating institutions of higher education include: University of New Mexico, University of Texas- Pan American and University of Texas- El Paso. 10 Minority Undergraduate Research Associate (MURA) Program

11 Contact Information OfficeName Phone Office of Economic Impact & Diversity- Office of Minority Economic Impact Amanda Quiñones Office of Science- Office of Workforce Development for Student and Teachers Cindy White Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy- Program Execution Support Marie Mapes


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