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D.K. Walter, J.L. Cash, J.E. Payne, L.L. Payne, D.M. Smith (South Carolina State University)
The September 2005 issue of "Physics Today" highlighted the progress of developing space science programs at a number of minority institutions. South Carolina State University (SCSU), an Historically Black College/University, was one of the featured schools. Here we present an in-depth review of the astrophysics program at SCSU in the areas of faculty and student research, curriculum development and outreach. We include a discussion of such activities as our Undergraduate Research Institute in Astrophysics, a "pre-REU" summer internship program operating since 1998 in which a total of nearly 50 underrepresented minority students have participated. Successful partnerships with NASA research centers, KPNO, Lawrence Livermore National Lab and others are described as well as our outreach to the K-12 community including the NASA Explorer Schools.
Support for these programs includes funding from NASA/MUCERPI (NNG04GD62G), NASA/MU-SPIN (NNG04GC40A), NASA/URC (NCCW-0085) and the NASA Broker/Facilitator program SERCH (NCC 5-607)
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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