Workshop for PREM Program Administrators and Participants

Event Description

On September 26, 2008, a workshop for NSF-PREM Program Administrators and Participants will be held at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. The goal of this proposal is to bring PREM administrators, PREM Faculties, other MSI’s researchers who want to participate in the next PREM competition, and NSF program officers to discuss, 1) how PREM related decision-making processes can be more transparent, 2) how we can improve communication among campus constituents to promote greater collaboration and programmatic needs of PREM, 3) how MSI’s can participate in next PREM competition at the end of this year.


The objectives of the workshop are:

1. To inform Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) about PREM program goals and objectives, progresses made, needs and challenges

2. To invite experts to speak on how to build research and education programs at MSIs.

3. To invite panelists who are experienced on building research and education programs at MSIs to guide discussions among PREM institution administrators, program directors, collaborative MRSEC partners, and faculty participants leading to solutions dealing with challenges involved with PREM

4. To publish a report on discussion materials of the workshop that will help MSIs to implement programs such as PREM.

National Science Foundation (NSF)- Partnership for Research and Education in Materials Science (PREM), competition is planned for Fiscal Year 2009, solicitation will appear in the Fall, 2008. The objective of PREM is to enhance diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education partnerships between minority-serving colleges and universities and the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR)-supported centers and facilities.

If you want to join this workshop please contact with Dr. Paresh Chandra Ray by e-mail: and filled the registration form and send by fax to Dr. Paresh Chandra Ray at 601-979-3674.

Registration Form for NSF-PREM workshop

We hope you will be able to join this workshop to share your valuable experiences with us on “Challenges and Best Practices to Establish a Research and Education Program at MSIs/HBCUs”

Agenda [Download PREM 2008 Workshop Agenda]

8:00 - 8:50 Registration and Breakfast

1st Session

Session Chair: Prof. Idalia Ramos, UPR-Humacao PREM Program Director

8:50 - 9:00 Dr. Zakya H. Kafafi, Director, Division of Material Research, NSF
  Welcome Speech
9:00-9:20 Dr. Rama Bansil, NSF-DMR Program Director  Download
  Title: Introduction to NSF-PREM and other Materials Research Programs
9.20-9.50 Dr. Frank A. Gomez, CSULA-Caltech PREM Program Director Download
  Title: PREM: The Good, the Bad and the Future
9:50-10:20 Dr. Gregory S. Rohrer, Carnegie Mellon Univ. MRSEC Program Director Download
  Title: Building Research and Education Partnerships between MRSECs and MSIs
10:20-10:45 Dr. Felix A. Okojie, Jackson State University
  Title: Best Practices and Challenges in Establishing Research and Development Programs at HBCU’s and MSI’s
10:45 -11:00 Coffee Break
2nd Session Session
Chair: Dr. Reich Daniel, John Hopkins University MRSEC Director
11:00-11:25 Dr.Victor Santiago and Dr. Patrick Mensah, NSF CREST Program Directors  Download
  Title: Strengthening Institutional Research Capability through CREST
11:25 -11:50 Dr. William McHenry, Science Diversity Center  Download
  Title: Science Diversity and Global Challenges
11:50-12:15 Dr. Julia E. Fulghum, University of New Mexico Download
  Title: “Bottom-up vs Top-down: The advantages of facilitating faculty and student-driven research and education initiatives
12:15-1:30 Lunch (on your own)

3rd Session

Session Chair: Dr. Peter N. Kalu, Florida A&M University PREM Program Director
1:30-1:55 Dr. Monica Mitchell, Quality Education for Minorities Network (QEM) Download
  Title: Challenges and Best Practices in Supporting Research and Education at MSIs/HBCUs
1:55 - 2:20 Dr. Jason Madigan, NSF-DGA
  Title: NSF DGA Overview on Effective Grant Management Practices for PREM Administrators and PIs
2:20 - 2:45 Dr. Jesse Edwards, III, Florida A&M University
  Title: An Intimate Research Relationship: Collaborative Technology and
  Personnel Exchange between a Majority and Minority Serving Institution
2:45 - 3:10 Dr. K.S.V. Santhanam, Center for Materials Science and Engineering,
  Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623
  Title: Partnership for Research and Education in Materials Science at RIT
3:10 - 3:30 Coffee Break

4th Session

Session Chair: Dr. James Perkins, Associate Dean, College of Science and Engineering and Technology, Jackson State University
3:30 - 5:00 Panel Discussions
  Panel A: Challenges at HBCU/MSI for research
  Panel B: Collaboration between MRSRCs and Institutions Serving Underrepresented Minorities
5:00 - 5:15 Panel A Report
5:15 - 5:30 Panel B Report
5:30 - 5:45 Question - Answer and Wrap up