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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

July 8, 2003
RELEASE : 03-232
NASA Committed To Diverse Workforce
NASA's annual Joint Symposium of the NASA Administrator's Fellowship Program (NAFP) and the Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program (JPFP) is underway. NASA is highlighting the two major agency initiatives that address the workforce diversity pipeline, and university research and development capability.

Twenty-eight NAFP and 60 JPFP Fellows will participate in orientation, networking and professional development during the Symposium under this year's theme, "NAFP and JPFP: Impacting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education and the Workforce Pipeline." NASA will announce the four recipients of its NAFP Faculty Research Awards, valued at $25,000 each, during the Symposium.

The purpose of the NAFP is to enhance the professional development of NASA employees in grades GS-13 and higher, and that of Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology faculty from Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) who hold a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. Since it was created in 1997, 22 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, seven Hispanic-Serving Institutions and two Tribal Colleges and Universities have taken part in the NAFP. NAFP also seeks to increase the overall capacity of MSIs to respond to NASA's research and development needs.

The JPFP provides annual, full-time, underrepresented graduate students in science, technology and education with financial support for their education in NASA-related disciplines. Students are selected for fellowships that include an annual six-week, hands-on research experience at a NASA Center. Fellowship tenure is three years for candidates seeking a master's degree or Ph.D. in fields including aeronautics, astronomy, biology, earth sciences, computer science, mathematics, physics and engineering.

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