Texas Southern University will host the prestigious NASA “HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour” September 13-15, giving the University and its students access to unique internships, and providing faculty and staff with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and research-focused partnership opportunities. The event will also provide TSU with a platform to showcase its research capabilities. Each day attendees are invited to networking sessions with participating federal government representatives, NASA Center leads, and NASA prime contractors to introduce and build relationships to enhance partnerships and maximize opportunities. The final day of the event will include technical workshops catering to those new to Federal partnerships, as well as to those who are more seasoned, to assist participants in strengthening their organization’s readiness to apply for NASA funding. Not many HBCUs have the opportunity to host a NASA road tour. “To do this at Texas Southern University is an honor,” said Dr. Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President of Research & Innovation. “It’s an honor because it affords us the opportunity to showcase the talents and abilities of our outstanding faculty, staff, and students, specifically as it relates to research and STEM participation.” The three-day interactive event will take place primarily in the Science Center. Day one (Sept. 13) includes a variety of sessions on NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs, Office of Procurement, Mission Equity, Mission Directorates, and others. TSU’s Division of Research & Innovation will give an overview of the University’s current and ongoing research-based projects and capabilities. A facilities/capabilities tour of the campus will follow.
TSU students and faculty will have the opportunity to participate in NASA Days throughout the three-day event. Taking place in the Sterling Student Center (3rd floor Tiger Room), NASA Days is a student-centered event which will provide information related to internships across the Enterprise, and a unique opportunity to engage – and possibly interview with – hiring managers for opportunities. Students can learn how their academic discipline can be incorporated into space exploration, meet NASA managers who will share insight about various internship programs, and earn coveted interviews with NASA personnel to be considered for internships. Faculty networking/strategy sessions with NASA representatives will also take place during NASA Days. Sessions will be both in person and virtual. For more information and to register for NASA Days sessions, visit here. The Road Tour arrives just after TSU and NASA’s Johnson Space Center announced a historic Space Act Agreement, a partnership that will bring life-transforming opportunities to TSU students, while diversifying NASA’s workforce. The Space Act Agreement will expand opportunities for education, workforce development, and research, creating a sustained pipeline of diverse talent for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the companies that provide support for its operations.Click below to watch a video showing the powerful impact that the TSU/NASA partnership has had on TSU alumna (and current COVID czar) Zuri Dale: