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Sonja Alexander Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1761) RELEASE: 98-98

June 5, 1998

NASA SELECTS SEVEN UNIVERSITIES TO RECEIVE PARTNERSHIP AWARDS Four Historically Black Colleges and Universities and three Hispanic-Serving Institutions were competitively selected to be recipients of the Partnership Award for the Integration of Research into Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology Undergraduate Education (PAIR). The purpose of the PAIR Partnership Awards is to provide minority institutions with an opportunity to build on their NASAsponsored research and their rich history of educational excellence by strengthening the Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology (MSET) undergraduate academic infrastructure of the minority institutions. "PAIR Partnership Award recipients will have an opportunity to create a multidisciplinary training environment at their institution by engaging a broad spectrum of the MSET faculty and by advancing classrooms of students preparing to become the next generation of scientists and engineers," said George E. Reese, Associate Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs. The expected outcome from these awards is to produce a more competitive and diverse group of undergraduate students who, because of their participation in new and/or updated MSET curriculum and research training in cutting-edge technologies, are better prepared to enter and make significant contributions to MSET graduate research programs or MSET employment in NASA-related fields. Each PAIR Partnership Award recipient can receive up to $2.5 million over the five-year program. The Award recipients and the titles of their projects follow:

Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Clark Atlanta University "Integration of Research Atlanta, GA and Education in the Area of Earth Systems Science" Hampton University Hampton, VA "The Center for Lidar and Atmospheric Science Students"

North Carolina A&T State "Integration of NASA into University Undergraduate Education in Greensboro, NC Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology" Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL "Integration of NASA-Related Environmental Research into Engineering and Science Undergraduate Training"

Hispanic-Serving Institutions: City College of the City "Integration of Research University of New York and Education in Remote New York, NY Sensing and Environmental/Climate Research" University of New Mexico Main Campus Research Albuquerque, NM "Preparation for University of Students in Undergraduate Education"

University of Puerto Rico "Partnership for Spatial and Mayaguez Campus Computational Research Mayaguez, PR (PaSCoR)" -end-