Minority Serving Institutions

The purpose of this project is to increase the participation of minorities in the SC conferences by providing support to help faculty and/or IT professionals from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) - Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to attend the conference. This project takes place in the context of EOT-PACI (www.eot.org) outreach to MSI's under the NSF sponsored Advanced Networking with Minority Serving Institutions (AN-MSI, www.anmsi.org).

Recent reports indicate that, not only are minorities underrepresented in the Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) professional fields, but also the problem is escalating. Several reports and high-level panels have addressed the significance of the Digital Divide. The social, economic and political implications of a continuing gap will continue to grow, given current demographic projections. A serious manifestation of the digital divide is the under representation of minorities in computer and computational sciences.

The intended impact of this project goes beyond just increasing the numbers of MSI participants in SC conferences to fostering collaborative relationships between faculty at MSIs and research scientists at major research centers and impacting the amount and quality of computational science education at MSIs.


A limited number of grants will be available for those who wish to attend SC2000 in Dallas Texas, November 4-10, 2000. These grants will cover lodging, event registration fee and per-diem for meals up to a maximum of $1800. To apply, please fill out the MSI Grant Submission Form.

All grant applicants who submitted their applications by October 16 will be notified of the status of their application by email on October 20, 2000.

It is our intention in providing these grants to improve our ability to reach groups that have traditionally not had access to high performance computing. These groups include members of the MSI community: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Please note that you must be either a US citizen or permanent resident in order to qualify for these grants.


The following information is intended for those who have been notified of their application acceptance: