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Proactive Pathways of Excellence to Engage Minority Students in Aerospace Engineering (PEMS)

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK), an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), is leading the effort to develop a MSI-led coalition to broaden participation and enhance the education of underrepresented minorities (URMs), especially Hispanic and female students in South Texas, in Aerospace Engineering and related STEM fields. The proposed project’s goals are to 1) broaden participation in Aerospace STEM education and the Aerospace workforce by working through a strong coalition consisting of multi-sector partnerships that unite the expertise and resources of a broad range of stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels; and 2) understand and identify the extrinsic and intrinsic motivational factors of URMs, especially Hispanic and female, which will guide their interests and persistence in Aerospace related STEM majors. TAMUK will partner with Laredo College, Del Mar College, South Texas College, local high schools and libraries, NSF INCLUDES STEM Core Alliance, the Maintenance Airworthiness Engineering Division of the Systems Engineering Directorate at Corpus Christi Army Depot, the Texas Space Grant Consortium, the Southwest Research Institute, the Project Management Institute, and other collaborators. Built upon the NASA INCLUDES planning grant, this project addresses an essential challenge of 21st century American society: to confront the lack of a diverse and STEM-capable workforce that leverages the creativity and talents of all society to send humans again to the Moon and on to Mars. The PEMS project will address critical issues from a national and a regional perspective by creating three proactive pathways that will provide sustained inspiration and seamless transition for URMs to join the highly needed Aerospace workforce. The MSI-led coalition will provide an integrative approach to the education process aimed to produce a diverse and STEM-capable workforce that leverages the creativity and talents of all sectors of society. All knowledge generated in the project will be transferable to and applicable at other HSIs/MSIs.

Webinars Internship Training Opportunity Summer Research Opportunity High School Camps Learning Modules

2023 Summer Research Training Program will be conducted 100% VIRTUALLY
June 5 to June 23, 2023

  • Submit Your Application Packet via Email
  • $1,500 stipend for three weeks
  • Conduct Research Project Virtually
  • No in-person meeting is needed
  • Work with one of our world-class faculty members.
  • Potential research topics in Aerospace Engineering and its related STEM fields
  • Necessary research supplies will be provided

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