U.S. Army Research Laboratory – Army Research Office (ARL-ARO) Faculty Fellowship
The overwhelming majority of initiatives aimed at diversifying the STEM workforce focus exclusively on students. The research, however, shows that African Americans (and other underrepresented minority groups to a lesser degree) do substantially better in STEM fields when they are exposed to same race role models and teachers.
To address the challenge of capacity, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) partnered with the U.S Army Research Laboratory – Army Research Office (ARL-ARO) Open Campus framework to encourage collaboration between its scientists and external partners centered on mutual scientific interest and investment. ARL-ARO selected five faculty from TMCF member-schools to participate in an 8-week pilot program to provide faculty the opportunity to partner with a scientist in an ARL-ARO laboratory to conduct joint research for the summer of 2016.
The ARL-ARO is one of the most prestigious research laboratories with a focus on material technology. The select group of HBCU faculty will work side-by-side with ARL-ARO’s research scientists in the areas of Assessment & Analysis, Human Sciences, Materials Research, Computational Sciences, Sciences for Lethality & Protection, Sciences for Maneuver and Partnering Mechanisms.
The TMCF ARL-ARO partnership will increase opportunities for faculty research, strengthen capacity building for HBCUs and aid in the overall diversification of the STEM workforce. Through the expansion of prestigious professional development opportunities, the ARL-ARO partnership with TMCF will help fulfill ARL’s mission to “discover, innovate, and transition science and technology” for the Department of Defense.