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Department of Energy Awards $9 Million in Grants for Science and Technical Research to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in South Carolina and Georgia

April 7, 2010 - 12:00am


COLUMBIA, S.C. - At an event today in Columbia, S.C., U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Inés Triay joined with U.S. House Majority Whip, Congressman James E. Clyburn, to award a total of nearly $9 million to nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in South Carolina and Northeast Georgia.  The funding will be used to develop academic programs that promote minority involvement in science and technical research fields, which will help support the mission of DOE's Office of Environmental Management. 

"This important partnership will provide the education and training opportunities students need to become the next generation of environmental scientists and engineers," said Dr. Inés Triay, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management.  "These awards are part of the Obama Administration's broad commitment to investing in science and math education, which will help ensure America's students lead in the years to come." 

"I commend the Department of Energy and Dr. Triay for these HBCU funding awards, which are significant investments in DOE's diversity efforts and mission achievements," Congressman Clyburn said. "We know that a great number of employees at the Savannah River Site are nearing retirement age, and these colleges have the extraordinary opportunity to use this federal investment to train the scientists, mathematicians and engineers who can step in to meet the growing demand for new diverse talent."

The participating HBCU institutions have committed to developing mathematics, technology and research programs for 2010 that promote training, education and hands-on activities in science and engineering. Programs will integrate course work, DOE field work and applied research at the respective campuses and help prepare students for careers at DOE sites across the country.

The following HBCU institutions are receiving awards:

Allen University, Columbia, SC - $1,000,000

Benedict College, Columbia, SC - $ 1,180,944

Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC - $999,018

Clinton Junior College, Rock Hill, SC - $837,049

Denmark Technical College, Denmark, SC - $789,440

Morris College, Sumter, SC - $987,793

Paine College, Augusta, GA - $ 992,889

South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC- $ 1,197,987

Voorhees College, Denmark, SC - $982,387

The mission of the Office of Environmental Management is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from more than six decades of nuclear weapons development, production, and Government-sponsored nuclear energy research. 

This cleanup effort is the largest in the world, originally involving two million acres at 107 sites in 35 states, dealing with some of the most dangerous materials known to man.  The Department of Energy has already completed its cleanup at 86 sites with ongoing projects at 21 sites in 13 states.

Additional information is available from the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management.

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