The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $17.3 million for college internships, research opportunities, and research projects that connect talented science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students and faculty with the world-class resources at DOE’s National Laboratories. Awardees represent academic institutions from all across America—including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)—highlighting DOE’s commitment to supporting a highly-skilled, diverse workforce that is equipped to tackle the science, energy, environmental, and national security challenges of today and tomorrow.
“By investing in STEM students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, we can ignite the most creative and innovative ideas to solve our biggest problems and maximize our competitiveness,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE and the Biden Administration are committed to nurturing a skilled workforce that looks like America, and these awards will help us prepare rising stars everywhere to dream up the very best solutions for our nation and our people.”
The awards announced today—including $11.7 million from DOE’s Office of Science, and $5.6 million from its Office of Fossil Energy—will fund the following opportunities:
Increasing diversity in STEM fields is a key priority for DOE and the Biden Administration. DOE National Labs and program offices offer a wide range of scholarships, educational workshops, and research opportunities geared towards underrepresented communities—including tens of millions of dollars each year from the Office of Science to fund research at MSIs, and recruitment programs through the National Nuclear Security Administration that prepare MSI students for the national nuclear security workforce.
In support of these efforts, President Biden’s American Jobs Plan calls for $40 billion in upgrading research infrastructure in laboratories across the country—half of which will be reserved for HBCUs and other MSIs, including the creation of a new HBCU-affiliated National Lab focused on climate. The plan will also invest $10 billion in research and development at HBCUs and other MSIs, and $15 billion to create up to 200 centers of excellence that serve as research incubators at HBCUs.
The SULI, CCI, and VFP programs are managed by the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in the Office of Science.
The fossil energy technology projects are managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
For more information on STEM outreach and workforce development at the DOE, visit the STEM Rising website.