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Education & Outreach

Peer, Wendy [1], Murphy, Angus [1], Persans, Michael W [2].

Coupling of Tier 1 Research University summer research internships with academic year research experiences as model for MSI partnerships.

A joint Purdue-UTPA program funded by the NSF C-RUI grant program provided a summer research internship at a Tier I Research University (T1RU) coupled to an academic year research experience at a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) for 18 program participants. Research and programmatic collaborations between faculty at a T1RU and a MSI can enhance MSI research efforts and lead to program participant recruitment at Tier I universities. MSI faculty mentoring by T1RU faculty is an important component of such projects and requires that faculty of both institutions take into account the institutional missions of each respective university and the unique demands placed each faculty member. To be successful programs must overcome conceptual and functional barriers. Granting agencies must ensure continuity of the program by allowing each institution to retain control over their respective institutional missions with regard to funding allocation. T1RUs may have to defer lead institution control and allow the MSI to be the lead institution, standardize summer internship programs, encourage T1RU PIs to participate in the program by using promotion reward incentives, and recognize that MSI faculty mentoring will involve transfer of both technical and administrative skills. Minority serving institutions must maintain program quality by matching program size to the number of qualified students available, reduce the normally heavy teaching loads for faculty participating in collaborative research with T1RUs and develop internal support systems to meet the logistical requirements of research efforts. The long term outcomes of such collaborations will be to build research capacity at MSIs and increase the diversity of both the American technical workforce and the T1RU community.


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Related Links:
Uinversity of Texas Pan American Biology Department Website
Purdue University Department of Hortuculture and Landscape Architecture


1 - Purdue University, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
2 - University of Texas Pan American, Biology, 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg, TX, 78541, USA

Keywords:
tier 1 research university
minority serving institution
research partnerships
program design.

Presentation Type: Plant Biology Abstract
Session: P
Location: Exhibit Hall (Northeast, Southwest & Southeast)/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: P46021
Abstract ID:1998


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