U.S. Navy Says “All Aboard” to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The United States Navy is holding a Naval Opportunity Awareness Workshop at Clark Atlanta in late August. The workshop is for presidents, vice president, provosts, and other officials at historically Black colleges and universities and other predominantly minority-serving institutions who want to increase their cooperation with the U.S. Navy on research and other projects. A student-focused workshop will also be held. The workshops will serve as a recruitment tool to get more HBCU faculty involved in naval-relevant scientific research – and to attract students to internships.

The workshops have three main goals:

  • Expand opportunities for schools to successfully compete for grants and contracts for basic and applied research.
  • Offer scholarships, fellowships and internships to students pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies.
  • Promote greater student interest in STEM degrees at HBCUs.

Anthony C. Smith Sr., director of the Navy’s, HBCU/Minority Institutions program, stated that “HBCU students are a national asset. We’re interested in fostering student interest in scientific research and implementing their research into the Department of Defense. These students and faculty are a huge, untapped asset that can benefit the Navy and the nation.”

For more information about the Naval Opportunity Awareness Workshop, contact Dr. Cyntrica Eaton at cyntrica.eaton.ctr@navy.mil.

A video about the Navy’s program may be viewed below.

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