Equitable, and Impactful
Equitable, and Impactful
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is committed to solving the world’s most challenging problems and answering its most elusive questions with our distinctive strengths in chemistry, earth sciences, biology, and data science. We know the students of today, especially those who are historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), are the experts of tomorrow. That’s one reason why PNNL is committed to supporting our academic partners and providing strategic program opportunities to meet student and faculty needs. We work with academic and industry partners to purposefully develop pathways for traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations to bring all voices and minds to the table.
RENEW: Diversifying the Future Workforce through Academic Partnerships
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) of people is part of the We Culture at PNNL and is the key to our research success. We are proud to support the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to diversify the future energy workforce through longstanding DOE internships and faculty programs and new programs like Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW). PNNL works to engage students and educators at Minority-serving Institutions (MSI), through our existing portfolio of student and faculty opportunities, or through innovative research and STEM workforce development projects.
Developing Partnerships with PNNL
At PNNL, we focus on collaborative research and STEM workforce development projects with MSI partners that provide sustainable solutions for long-term impact. If this sounds like what your institution is looking for from a national laboratory, particularly regarding RENEW opportunities, we would love to connect. PNNL has expertise and capabilities in an array of research areas including:
- Advanced Scientific Computing Research: Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Computing, Graph and Data Analytics, High-Performance Computing, Quantum Information Sciences
- Biological and Environmental Research: Biology, Earth and Coastal Sciences
- Basic Energy Sciences: Chemistry, Catalysis Science, Materials Sciences, Quantum information Sciences
- High Energy Physics: Nuclear and Particle Physics
- Isotope Training, Research, and Development at Minority-serving Institutions: Isotope Program
- Fusion Energy Sciences: Fusion Energy Science
We are eager to leverage our research expertise and network of industry connections, access to our cutting-edge equipment and facilities, and strong Office of STEM Education program models to accelerate MSI partners’ efforts to equip and prepare the diverse STEM workforce our nation needs.
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PNNL and MSI Partnerships
PNNL has a track record of partnering with MSIs for mutual benefit and amplified impact. These partnerships are built on a shared commitment to innovative research and aim at engaging students and faculty in meaningful, experiential learning, like our MSIPP-NNSA program. Here are a few ways we are working with MSIs on shared initiatives:
- Comprehensive STEM Education & Workforce Development Programs: A premier model of an MSI partner program is our Cyber Halo Innovation Research Program (CHIRP). CHIRP is an ongoing partnership between the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command and PNNL. The first higher education partner to join this effort is the California State University, San Bernadino. This two-year, college-to-career program provides scholarships, hands-on-research opportunities, internships, networking, and professional development to grow the future cybersecurity workforce. This program specifically focuses on partnering with MSI that have a proven track record of preparing a diverse population of students with careers in the domain of cybersecurity and computer science. We are looking to expand this type of model to other institutions and research areas.
- Research-Based Workshops and Collaborations: We aspire to be a model organization and a valued partner in the communities where we live and work. One example of this was an environmental justice-focused webinar we facilitated during the pandemic. Many academic partners, including MSI, particularly expressed the desire for additional support to continue championing student success. We hosted this conversation between PNNL and MSI leaders to share about PNNL’s environmental justice research initiatives, collaboration opportunities, and PNNL’s paid, competitive internship programs for students. These internships include onsite and remote opportunities, exclusively focusing on serving students who have traditionally been underrepresented in STEM.
- Accelerating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals through Research Networks: Developing cross-institutional and cross-sector networks is critical for the future. Samson Hagos, a PNNL earth scientist, established the PNNL Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)/MSI Climate Research Network in June 2021. The network is comprised of 40 faculty members from 22 HBCUs and MSIs and includes 36 PNNL climate researchers. Network members meet monthly, and each meeting includes a short science presentation, and includes discussions of opportunities for funding, collaboration, and employment for graduates. This networking and information sharing initiative has resulted in successful collaborative efforts between Climate Research Network members and submission of 12 proposals for funding, with an additional 13 currently in progress. These efforts represent powerful collaborations that will accelerate the DOE’s climate research efforts and diversify the work force.
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