MNA is beginning new evaluation work for University of the Virgin Island’s newly-funded NASA-MIRO grant.
MIRO was established to strengthen and develop the research capacity and infrastructure of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in the areas of strategic importance and value to NASA’s mission and national priorities. The MIRO awards aim to promote STEM literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of institutions to perform NASA-related research and education, which directly supports NASA’s four mission directorates—Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Space Operations, Science and Space Technology.
UVI’s MIRO project, MIRO-6R, will expand their physics program to add a concentration in engineering. This new concentration will allow for a much shorter time and cost to degree completion for students who are already in the physics B.S. program and other pre-engineering tracks at UVI itself and help connect UVI’s URMs to NASA’s research and train them to become a part of NASA’s future workforce.
We are glad to be evaluating this program! Maybe we will visit UVI campus and check out the Etelman Observatory too.