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Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program

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The mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) is to create and support a sustainable career pathway that prepares a diverse workforce of talented students to make immediate and significant contributions to the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE). 

MSIPP develops strategic partnerships between Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and the NSE, investing in student enrichment programs, curriculum development, research efforts, and internship opportunities. MSIPP aligns investments in university capacity and workforce development with the NNSA mission to develop the needed skills and talent for the NSE’s enduring technical workforce while enhancing research and educational capacity at underrepresented colleges and universities.

In partnership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Texas at San Antonio, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Savannah State University, CONCISE aims to develop students’ cybersecurity research skills with NNSS, Sandia National Laboratories and Idaho National Laboratory.

In 2023, five grants totaling $2.5 million were awarded to MSIs and TCUs in response to Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002898: CJCTOP. Among these is the NNSS FastTrack program in partnership with the College of Southern Nevada, which creates talent pathways between community college students and the NNSS.

Led by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico and the University of Illinois at Chicago, the NSSTC identifies national security research and experiential training opportunities with the NNSS, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory. Focus areas include the prevention and detection of nuclear material misuse and topics from the NNSS Site-Directed
Research and Development program

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The NNSS Remote Sensing Laboratory-University of Nevada, Las Vegas robot and UAS team

If you are recommended as a candidate for NSSTC, CJCTOP or CONCISE through your university or college, we encourage you to explore our student opportunities!

Ki Park, ParkKH@nv.doe.gov