DOE Announces $3.2 Million in Research Opportunities for Underrepresented Groups

RENEW Initiative Will Support Minority-Serving Institutions to Build a Diverse STEM Workforce

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced 41 awards totaling $3.2 million to 37 institutions to support historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and diversify American leadership in the physical sciences, including energy and climate. The funding, through the DOE Office of Science’s Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) initiative, will support internships, training programs, and mentor opportunities at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and research organizations.

Among the awards are two projects in Environmental System Science:

  • Training a Diverse STEM Workforce to Measure and Model Energy, Water, and Carbon Budgets — Led by Lincoln University
  • From Forests to Floodplains to Functioning Watersheds: Catalyzing collaborative Research and Inclusive Training Partnerships Between Western Colorado University and DOE’s National Laboratory System — Led by Western Colorado University

RENEW will offer hands-on experiences and open new career avenues for talented young scientists, engineers, and technicians. The award-winning institutions are spread across 20 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam. RENEW leverages the Office of Science’s unique national laboratories, user facilities, and other research infrastructure to provide training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. This funding will build a talent pool to further DOE missions and ensure America’s best and brightest students have pathways to STEM fields.

RENEW awards

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