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MUREP Engagement Opportunities

Student from the College of Menominee Nation collecting data to determine efficiency of solar cells. This work was part of a MAIANSE award focused on increasing awareness of solar and other renewable energies.

Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) activities engage a broad range of stakeholders across academia, industry, communities, and government to address national and agency-wide priorities for Minority Serving Institutions or MSIs. These activities are founded upon four pillars of investment and engagement, with research and partnerships serving as key drivers for building capacity and ultimate sustainability of MSIs.

Through MUREP activities, NASA supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, American Indian Tribal Colleges and Universities, Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions and other MSIs, through multi-year research grants.

Research Infrastructure and Capacity Building

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement in partnership with NASA Mission Directorates develops and fosters research capability through targeted awards to minority serving institutions.

MUREP Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry (OCEAN)

MUREP OCEAN was established to increase the involvement of underrepresented minority serving institutions (MSIs) in NASA-funded research and education activities related to ocean sciences.

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Student Engagement

Utilize NASA unique opportunities and resources to engage students at MSIs through competitions, challenges, internships and fellowships.   


At NASA, we explore the extraordinary every day and our work is more than just a profession—it’s a lifelong pursuit and a passion. NASA offers several opportunities for students to undertake meaningful and challenging projects that truly make an impact on humanity.

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NASA Goddard Interns

Partnerships and Sustainability

Leverage strategic partnerships that drive capacity building at MSIs and within underrepresented and underserved communities.


In support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES initiative, NASA is committed to broadening participation in STEM by establishing coalitions of organizations led by Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in the U.S. that can support broadening participation initiatives in engineering-related disciplines and fields.

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