University to Serve as Research Partner in Cooperative Agreement with NASA

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center recently announced an $87.5 million cooperative agreement to support research performed by the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology (CRESST) under the CRESST II agreement. Led by University of Maryland, College Park, Howard University will serve as a research partner along with University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Catholic University of America and the Southeastern Universities Research Association, a consortium of 60 research universities.

Part of the CRESST II mission will work to increase the involvement of minority and women scientists in space science research and to facilitate undergraduate and graduate student participation in active research projects. Currently, there are about 10 African-American astronomers working as tenured professors in the United States.

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