Washington - U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representatives Vic Snyder (AR-02) and Mike Ross (AR-04) today announced that the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will receive a $231,743 National Science Foundation grant to make improvements to computer systems that will enhance research at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Philander Smith College in Little Rock.
Funds will be used to form the Arkansas Cyberinfrastructure Minority Training, Education Consortium to create new research opportunities for students and faculty at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Philander Smith College. The program will provide high-tech computer access that will assist research in science and engineering. The funds will also support workshops for students and faculty on how best to utilize technology for research and education.
The program aims to support research opportunities for students and faculty at colleges and universities with a significant population of minority students who are underrepresented in the scientific research community.
“I am pleased to announce this investment that will expand opportunities for students and researchers at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Philander Smith College, providing them access to advanced computer systems that are critical to innovative research,” Lincoln said. “It is crucial that we invest in our colleges and universities to attract students and conduct important research that will keep Arkansas competitive.”
“Scientific research often requires high-tech tools, and Arkansas students need up-to-date equipment to succeed in their fields. These funds for computer infrastructure will allow students at UA Pine Bluff and Philander Smith College to conduct advanced research in science and engineering and compete on the global stage,” Pryor said.
“I applaud Philander Smith College and UAPB for increasing science research on their campuses,” Snyder said. “Investments in young people and investments in scientific research helps both the student and Arkansas.”
“This investment in computer research infrastructure for UAPB will help provide the tools and resources needed to ensure our students receive a world class education,” Ross said. “I am committed to fighting for critical federal investments to support our colleges and universities because when we help our children get the best education they deserve, we work to put them on a path to healthy, successful and prosperous lives.”
“The Arkansas Cyberinfrastructure Minority Training, Education Consortium project is designed to engage and motivate historically underrepresented communities to participate in the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON) infrastructure, and provide national resources to conduct scholarly cyberinfrastructure-oriented research and education,” said Dr. Jessie J. Walker, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff assistant professor of computer science.