Three historically Black educational institutions are participating in a National Science Foundation program called Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM). Under the program, the three HBCUs along with several other minority-serving institutions will partner with faculty and researchers at Pennsylvania State University in programs designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in materials science research. North Carolina Central University, Spelman College. and Clark Atlanta University are the three participating HBCUs.
The program provides resources for coaching on skills such as entering graduate school, applying for scholarships and interviewing for jobs in the field. Students will also be responsible for materials science-related outreach, including discussing their research in public forums.
North Carolina Central University Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye said the university’s participation in the PREM program will enhance the learning experience for students interested in scientific research. “This program underscores NCCU’s commitment to provide a top-tier education for students in STEM,” he said. “Not only will the PREM partnership offer educational advantages, but also ensure that our students will gain significant skills necessary to move forward into advanced degree programs and establish fulfilling careers.”