5 MSI-PWI Partnerships

Partnerships in higher education can provide wonderful opportunities to exchange ideas, talent and skills, and to develop mutually beneficial relationships that have a lasting impact on their students and communities. This MSI Monday Morning Lineup looks at some of the great partnerships between MSIs and PWIs (predominantly white institutions). These partnerships prove that impactful things can happen when great people and great programs come together.

Fisk Vanderbilt1. Fisk/Vanderbilt

The Fisk/Vanderbilt Dual Degree program allows a student to earn both a bachelor’s degree from Fisk with a science major (e.g., biology, chemistry, math, computer science, physics) plus a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt in computer science or engineering (e.g., biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical). This is a five-year program, with the first three years spent in residence at Fisk, and the last two years spent at Vanderbilt.


clark alanta Georgia Tech2. Clark Atlanta/ Georgia Tech

The Partnership for Research and Education in Materials between three Atlanta University Center (AUC) schools and the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Georgia Institute of Technology integrates research, education and student mentoring in order to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing graduate degrees and to increase their overall participation in materials science and engineering. The three AUC schools are Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College. The partner MRSEC is Georgia Tech Laboratory for New Electronic Materials in which fundamental materials properties and synthesis of epitaxial graphene are being investigated.


xavier university new york university3. Xavier University of Louisiana/NYU

The main goal of Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) is to enhance diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education partnerships between MSIs and the NSF Division of Materials Research-supported centers and facilities. The partnership between Xavier and NYU develops a strong materials science research core at Xavier – which graduates many African-American chemists, physicists and biologists – and an undergraduate materials science educational program that will introduce a materials science track within the ACS-certified chemistry program at Xavier.


uic illinois4. UIC/UIUC

The Urbana Regional Campus is part of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON) located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus in central Illinois. In this program students have the advantage of the highly ranked UIC CON program while they enjoy the sports, activities and resources of the UIUC campus. UIUC, which has a culturally diverse student body of over 44,000, offers an array of opportunities to participate in collegiate sports, be part of a fraternal organization and engage in on-campus social and cultural activities.


paul quinn Duke University

5. Paul Quinn/Duke

The new Urban Environmental Justice and Social Entrepreneurship Duke Immerse program, launching this Spring, will enable eight students each from Duke and Paul Quinn College (Dallas, TX) to spend a semester taking a special topics course on tools for community involvement and three other courses on environmental justice, social entrepreneurship and urban restoration. Duke students will spend three weeks in residence at Paul Quinn, and Paul Quinn students will spend two weeks at Duke.

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