Cottrell Scholars Collaborative
MSI-PWI Partnerships Workshop

Our objectiveis to develop strategies and policies to help minority serving institutions (MSI) and primarily white institutions (PWI) develop authentic, sustainable partnerships that are mutuallybeneficial for faculty and students.

This two-day workshop will allow invited faculty from MSIs and PWIs along with experienced facilitators to interactanddevelop a set of models for forming MSI/PWI partnerships: what types of partnerships are good (e.g. beneficial to both sides, sustainable, practical,etc.) and what are the best practices for implementing such partnerships? We will also ask participants to develop specific proposals, andseed funding will be available to help implement selected partnership models. We also believe the workshop will help develop a network of MSI/PWI partnership champions.

Examples of types of partnerships or relationships:

  • PI to PI research collaborations
  • Sending undergraduate students for REU
  • Teaching
  • Mentoring
  • Networking
  • Bridge undergraduate to graduate school
  • Other ideas are welcome!

Confirmed Speakers and Facilitators:

  • David Asai - HHMI (Speaker)
  • Lourdes Echegoyen - University of Texas at El Paso (Speaker)
  • Alex Rudolph - Cal Poly Pomona (Speaker)
  • Keivan Stassun - Vanderbilt (Facilitator)
  • Rigoberto Hernandez - Johns Hopkins (Facilitator)

Please see the Schedule page for a tentative schedule of activities, and the application page to apply to attend.

When: June 25 - 26, 2018

Where: University of California at Irvine

Eligibility: Tenure or tenure-track faculty in chemistry, physics, or astronomy from MSI or PWI institutions with an interest in building partnerships are invited to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Invited participants will be notified in late February or March.

For faculty from PWI institutions, preference will be given to Cottrell Scholars or others with a demonstrated interest in educational and leadership activities.

Expenses:Expenses will be covered for participants from MSI institutions. Faculty from PWI institutions will be asked to cover transportation expenses, although some funds may be available to offset these costs on a case-by-case basis.

Workshop organizers are experienced faculty members in Physics, Astronomy, and Chemistry, and are all members of the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative.

Cottrell Scholars Collaborative, 2017