Howard University Joins the U.S. Space Force’s University Partnership Program

Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., has entered into a partnership with the U.S. Space Force.

With a focus on workforce development, the Space Force University Partnership Program (UPP) aims to provide a consistent pipeline of talent through internships, mentorship, scholarship, and fellowship. The UPP also provides research opportunities for university students, including U.S. Air Force Academy and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, and select uniformed military and civilian members of the Space Force.

The UPP institutions are selected based on four criteria: the quality of STEM degree offerings and space-related research laboratories and initiatives; ROTC program strength; diversity of student population; and degrees and programming designed to support military, veterans, and their families in pursuing higher education.

“As we grow the Space Force University Partnership Program, we are joining with academic institutions with a variety of strengths and opportunities,” said General David Thompson, vice chief of space operations. “Howard University is a producer of world-class science and engineering talent, particularly among the African-American community. We know that Howard can help us develop future guardians who can bring the technical expertise and diversity of thought and experience we need to serve the nation’s security interests in space.”

“The purpose of the Howard University partnership with the Space Force is to advance STEM research while supporting important national security objectives,” said Anthony K. Wutoh, the provost of Howard University. “We also expect our collaboration to inspire creativity and learning among a diverse group of leaders among students and faculty.”

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