NASA Announces 2014 Tribal College and University Awards of $2 Million


Three Tribal Higher Education Institutions to Share $2 Million

WASHINGTON — Native student involvment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at three higher education institutions because of grants awarded by NASA.

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) announced on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, it has awarded approximately $2 million in new cooperative agreements to three tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

These new agreements provide opportunities for TCU students, faculty and staff to engage in NASA-related (STEM) activities.

The awards, made through the NASA Tribal College and University Experiential Learning Opportunity (TCU-ELO) program, has a three-year performance period and range in value from $512,700 to $783,000. The agreements will assist these tribal colleges and their partners in the creation of experiential learning opportunities for students.

The selected institutions for 2014 are:

— Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas
— Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico
— Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer, Montana

The winning proposals offer innovative methods, approaches and concepts to make appropriate use of current NASA-unique engineering and scientific resources. There also is a strong emphasis on engaging students and educators at the elementary, secondary and undergraduate levels.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages and administers TCU-ELO activity. Tribal College and University Experiential Learning Opportunity supports NASA’s goal of engaging tribal community in the critical STEM disciplines and focuses on inspiring the next generation of explorers.

For a list of selected organizations and project descriptions, click on “Selected Proposals” and see the entry for “2013-2014 NASA Tribal College and University Experiential Learning Opportunity (TCU-ELO)” at:

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:


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