Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has signed a mentor-protégé agreement with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in Tennessee. The institute is a U.S. Department of Energy unit focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists.
The purpose of the mentor-protégé relationship is to enhance the capabilities of the protégé – in this case Fayetteville State University – to improve its ability to successfully compete for federal contracts.
James Anderson, chancellor of Fayetteville State University stated that “as a beneficiary of the mentor-protégé agreement, Fayetteville State University has the opportunity to enhance the university’s ability to successfully procure contracts, develop a mature STEM business model, compete for grants and develop white papers and communicate and market its progress. It is an honor to be the first historically Black university selected to participate in Oak Ridge’s mentor-protégé program.”