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UMES CREST Undergraduate Program

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program makes resources available to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Historically Black Colleges & Universities - Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE) awards specifically target HBCUs to support the expansion of institutional research capacity as well as an increase in the production of doctoral students at those institutions.

Solicitation requests proposals are accepted for: (1) CREST centers; (2) partnership supplements applied to existing CREST awards; (3) HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science & Engineering (HBCU-RISE) awards; and (4) supplements applied to SBIR/STTR Phase IIA awards for diversity collaboration with existing CREST and HBCU-RISE projects. These supplemental proposals are administered by and co-funded with the NSF Directorate for Engineering, in the Division in Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (ENG/IIP).

One postdoctoral fellow, 8 graduate students, 5 undergraduates, 8 high school teachers and 5 high school students, particularly members of the underrepresented minorities will be selected, supported financially and trained each year. The project will thus have a significant impact on the number of minority students trained and who obtain degrees in marine and environmental sciences. The students will be involved in research projects that are potentially publishable, and will thus contribute to the theoretical and empirical knowledge in marine environmental science. Research results will be presented at scientific meetings, published in peer-reviewed journals, and disseminated widely via a newsletter that will be published annually, internet, and seminars. By working with high school teachers to infuse marine environmental science into the high school curricula, the Center will have a positive impact on >200 students in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Research results will be made directly available to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service, who are among our collaborators in this grant. The results will also be used to enhance undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the scientists who are involved in the project at UMES, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, UMCES-IMET and Morgan State University thereby impacting more students than are directly supported by the Center.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Environmental Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Natural Resources

Marine Science
Ocean Science

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 7/13/2017
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