Job Opportunities with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has job opportunities available.

Brief Background:

OMWI was established in July of 2011, as required by Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  OMWI is responsible for:

  • taking affirmative steps to seek diversity at all levels of the SEC’s workforce,
  • increasing participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the SEC’s programs and contracts, including standards for coordinating technical assistance to such businesses; and
  • assessing the diversity policies and practices of entities regulated by the SEC.

For more information regardign the job opportunities see : Vacancy Announcement or contact

Germon Rochez
Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: 202-551-6046
omwi@sec.gov

 

 

USDA will host Fellowships Webinar on April 23rd

On April 23rd from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service/Office of Capacity Building and Development will host a webinar on the availability of  U.S. based short term agricultural Fellowships offered by the Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division.  Universities under the U.S. Land Grant University system can apply to become training providers for these short term exchange activities.  This includes hosting groups or individuals from international agricultural ministries, agribusinesses, universities, and research institutes.  This webinar will provide background information on the specific Fellowships within the Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division, such as the Cochran Fellowship Program and the Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship Program, and how universities can become engaged.

Please contact Meg Durcan at Margaret.Durcan@fas.usda.gov or (202) 720-0431 if you would like to be added to the webinar invitation list.   A link to the webinar will be provided at a later date.

 

New EONS Appendices

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Other Opportunities (MOO) appendix. MOO is designed to increase the number of minorities in STEM education areas relevant to NASA and contribute to effective implementation of NASA’s educational goals and objectives using NASA’s unique assets and capabilities.  MOO also seeks to increase the number of available STEM courses and curricular pathways, while attracting, retaining, and supporting the success of students in STEM degree programs, and subsequently in NASA-related careers.

Proposals are due June 26, 2015.

For more information regarding MOO Solicitation, please visit the NASA EONS page on NSPIRES http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Educator Institutes (MEI) appendix.  MEI is designed to engage with MSI(s) to bring high performing undergraduate students, who plan to teach STEM, to NASA Centers for one week to interact with NASA missions and SMEs; engage participating future educators with NASA experts to collaborate and provide the most advanced and innovative pre-service/alternate route experiences possible; inspire future educators to help NASA communicate with students for years to come; and reach underserved and underrepresented populations and institutions.

The specific objectives of the MEIs are to engage future educators enrolled in MSIs in NASA-unique, authentic STEM experiences affiliated with NASA missions and facilitated by NASA SMEs and train these future educators in the use of evidence-based instructional practices that provide students with rich, NASA-unique STEM learning opportunities.

Proposals are due June 30, 2015.

For more information regarding MEI Solicitation, please visit the NASA EONS page on NSPIRES http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/

 

 

How HBCUs Can Get Federal Sponsorship from the United States Department of Justice

By: Ivory A. Toldson & Amanda Washington

Over more than 150 years, HBCUs have provided students with the tools to meet the challenges of a changing world.  These institutions are hubs of opportunity that lift up Americans and instill in their students a sense of who they are and what they can become.  Their campuses are engines of economic growth and community service and proven ladders of intergenerational advancement. – President Barack Obama, 2014 Proclamation

Highlights

  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP) typically makes more than 3,500 grant awards to criminal and juvenile justice organizations and victim service providers at the national, state, local, and tribal level, totaling more than $2 billion.
  • The FY 2016 Federal budget requests $154 million in additional funding for DOJ grant programs (Office of Justice Programs, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and Office on Violence Against Women), for a total grant program request of $2.7 billion.
  • In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded $40,019,662 to Institutions of Higher Education with $822,596 of the grant funding specifically awarded to HBCUs.
  • In 2014, eleven HBCUs applied to receive grant funding through Office of Justice Programs.
  • In 2014, less than 10 percent of HBCUs applied for any funding from the DOJ and less than 3 percent received funding.

Introduction

Recent high profile interactions between the Black community and law enforcement officials underscore the need for criminal justice research, programs and advocacy at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) awards over $40 million to institutes of higher education, but HBCUs receive only a small percentage of this revenue. The reasons for HBCUs receiving less money are complex. Many contend that HBCUs are smaller institutions with less university personnel to deliver high quality proposals, while others identify systemic biases that may influence raters’ judgments of HBCU’s proposals.

Despite the challenges, some HBCUs have produced successful proposals to the DOJ. As an assistant professor at Southern University A & M in Baton Rouge, Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, the co-author of this article, received a grant from DOJ to study police misconduct. More recently, Howard University, Lincoln University and Elizabeth City State University received grants to address sexual violence. The purpose of this article is to provide information relevant to HBCUs who are interested in securing federal sponsorship for their research and programs through the DOJ.

This series is designed to expand Federal support of HBCU research, programs, and outreach through competitive grants and contracts. HBCUs receive approximately $287 million per year for research and development from 32 federal agencies. However, this is only a fraction of the more than $25 billion awarded to all institutions of higher education. The White House Initiative on HBCUs (WHIHBCUs) believes that increasing revenues to HBCUs from federal grants and contracts is vital to the long term sustainability of our institutions. By developing innovative proposals, working with HBCU liaisons at federal agencies and taking advantage of federal funding opportunities, HBCUs can increase the resources necessary to initiate and sustain vital programs.

The U.S. Department of Justice Overview

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies.  For FY 2016, President Obama requested $28.7 billion for the DOJ; an increase of approximately $2.5 billion over the previous year. The DOJ’s FY 2016 request includes 118,001 positions including 26,274 Agents, 12,519 Attorneys, 20,921 Correctional Officers, and 4,613 Intelligence Analysts. The FY 2016 budget also request $154 million in additional funding for DOJ grant programs (Office of Justice Programs, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and Office on Violence Against Women), for a total grant program request of $2.7 billion.

Specifically, FY 2016 request:

  • For OJP totals $2.7 billion, including $1.6 billion for discretionary grant programs and $1.1 billion for mandatory grant programs. It includes $427.1 million in discretionary enhancements, including increased funding for an indigent defense initiative, Second Chance Prisoner Reentry, Justice Reinvestment, and juvenile justice programs.
  • For Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) totals $303.5 million. The COPS request includes $249.5 million for the COPS Hiring Program, with $5.0 million targeted towards increasing diversity in law enforcement, and $35.0 million for Tribal Law Enforcement.
  • For the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) totals $473.5 million. OVW’s budget includes a total of $50 million in enhancements. Protecting students from sexual assault is a top priority for this Administration, and the Budget includes a $14 million increase to the Campus Violence Program to better meet the need on college campuses.

White House Initiative on HBCUs’ Liaison to the U.S. Department of Justice

As the liaison between the White House Initiative on HBCUs (WHIHBCUs) and OJP, Kevin Jenkins (kevin.jenkins@usdoj.gov) works with the WHIHBCUs to organize efforts to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs through increased participation in appropriate Federal programs and initiatives.

Specifically, Mr. Jenkins helps the WHIHBCUs to:

  1. Establish how the department or agency intends to increase the capacity of HBCUs to compete effectively for grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements and to encourage HBCUs to participate in Federal programs;
  2. Identify Federal programs and initiatives in which HBCUs may be either underserved or underused as national resources, and improve HBCUs’ participation therein; and
  3. Encourage public-sector, private-sector, and community involvement in improving the overall capacity of HBCUs.

Kevin Jenkins serves as the Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist at the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. He has been with the Department since March 2008 and has spent his entire professional career in public service working for non-profit organizations, as well as local, state, and federal government agencies, focusing on issues such as mental health, homelessness, transportation, community planning, and advocating for developmentally disabled persons in the criminal justice system.

What opportunities are there for HBCUs to compete for grants/contracts through the agency?

In fiscal year 2011, OJP made more than 3,500 grant awards to criminal and juvenile justice organizations and victim service providers at the national, state, local, and tribal level. These awards include a total of more than $2 billion to support public safety and justice initiatives in every part of the United States[i]. This federal agency offers several grant opportunities for Institutions of Higher Education to implement and strengthen innovative programs. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded $40,019,662 to Institutions of Higher Education with $822,596 of the grant funding specifically awarded to HBCUs.

Several bureaus and offices within the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs provide funding and award opportunities to Institutions of Higher Education. In the year 2014, ten HBCUs applied to receive grant funding through the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART).

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides the most amount of money to higher education and provides significant funding and award opportunities to HBCUs. The NIJ funds physical and social science research, development and evaluation projects about criminal justice through competitive solicitations. The focus of the solicitations varies from year to year based on research priorities and available funding[ii]. In 2014, Texas Southern University, Claflin University, Alabama State University, Bowie State University, Howard University and Clark Atlanta University applied for grants within the NIJ.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) also provides discretionary funding to organizations to implement various programs including strategic enhancement to mentoring, community initiatives to increase child safety, and programs that discourage youth gang membership. In 2014, Clark Atlanta University, Hampton University, Florida Memorial University, Alabama State University, and Dillard University applied for grants within the OJJDP.

The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) provide jurisdictions with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act, and provide technical assistance to the states, territories, Indian tribes, local governments, and to public and private organizations. The SMART Office also tracks important legislative and legal developments related to sex offenders and administers grant programs related to the registration, notification, and management of sex offenders. In 2014, Johnson C. Smith University applied for a grant with SMART.

In recent years, how successful have HBCUs been in obtaining grants/contracts from DOJ?

According to Mr. Jenkins, many HBCUs have expressed that they are unaware of the resources at the U.S. Department of Justice, and only a small percentage of HBCUs have applied for funding. Recently, Howard University, Lincoln University and Elizabeth City State University received grants to address sexual violence, with total awards ranging from $300,000 to $35,000 through the Office on Violence Against Women.

What advice does DOJ give to HBCUs in order to be more competitive in obtaining grants and contracts?

  1. Get involved. OJP is always seeking qualified individuals to join the pool of subject matter experts they call upon to review the strengths and weaknesses of applications for grant funding. More HBCU scholars should join the pool. If you are interested, start the enrollment process by e-mailing ojppeerreview@lmbps.com.
  2. Make connections. Contact the program officer in charge of a request for proposals before starting the application. Find out about administration priorities and application imperatives. If you have difficulties identifying the program officer, contact the HBCU liaison or Ivory A. Toldson (toldson@ed.gov), the Deputy Director of WHIHBCUs.
  3. Start early. Institutions should apply for grant funding early while also striving for the proposal to be collaborative, evidence-based, measured, and comprehensive. Build in an initial rejection and revision into the expected time between starting the application and getting funded.
  4. Collaborate. The U.S. Department of Justice urges Institutions of Higher Education to apply for grants as the primary fiscal agent while also identifying partnerships with local and national agencies, regional organizations and a variety of relevant affiliates.
  5. Ground your proposal in research. In addition, successful grant proposals provide in-depth scholarly work and consist of concrete action plans.
  6. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. If your institution is denied grant funding, it is important to follow up with the Office of Justice Programs to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal. The agency suggests that denied applicants utilize this feedback to revise grant proposals and reapply in the next application season.

Conclusions

The process of obtaining a grant from the Federal Government can be daunting, but there’s only one way to guarantee that a proposal will not be funding – not to apply. Currently, the DOJ funds HBCUs at a level that is less than the average for all Federal agencies. However, this is partially attributed to the low numbers of HBCUs, which have applied. Nationally, 6 HBCUs have law schools, most have criminal justice programs and all offer classes that are relevant to law and justice. In addition, HBCUs have students and faculty members should take leadership in shaping justice-relevant research, policy and practice. In partnership, government officials and HBCUs can expand support to HBCUs through the DOJ.

Specially, the WHIHBCUs should regularly produce reports such as this, which has information regarding the agency’s HBCU liaison, background facts, funding trends, existing HBCU relationships, and agency emphasis. The WHIHBCUs should also work with Federal partners to provide technical assistance to HBCUs who are interested in applying for funding.

HBCUs should work with the President’s Board of Directors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the WHIHBCUs to identify institutional strengths and establish partnerships with federal agencies. HBCUs should also build their institutional capacity to produce competitive grants. Members of Congress can help HBCUs to network with key personnel at federal agencies. Members can also help HBCUs connect with corporate and philanthropic partners to strength collaborative efforts.

Links/Resources to Opportunities

[i] http://ojp.gov/grants101/index.htm

[ii] http://ojp.gov/partnerships/partnerships.htm

 

Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is currently on leave from his position as associate professor at Howard University.

Amanda Washington is an M.A. degree student in Education Policy at the EPSA department at Teacher College Columbia University. She graduated from Spelman College.

NASA Astrobiology Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program – Deadline March 16

NASA Astrobiology Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program

The goal of the MIRS Program is to help train a new generation of researchers in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. Over the past ten years, the program has provided opportunities for faculty members and students from minority-serving institutions to partner with astrobiology investigators.

One of the program’s main objectives is to engage more faculty from under-represented schools in astrobiology research and increase the number of students pursuing careers in astrobiology.

Please contact Melissa Kirven-Brooks, Melissa.kirven@nasa.gov for more information.

2015 MIRS ApplicationThe application deadline is: March 16, 2015

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) seeking interns

GSFC will be accepting applications between March 9, 2015 and March 16, 2015 for our Fall 2015 Pathways IEP opportunities.

You can search and apply for NASA federal opportunities on

http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/. For the specific IEP jobs see below:

NASA’s Office of Education sponsors seasonal opportunities including internships, fellowships and scholarships.

If you are interested in non- federal service student research-based science, technology, egineering and math (STEM) opportunities apply directly at:

https://intern.nasa.gov/non-us-opportunities/index.html

FY 2015 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad (SA) Program Announcement

COMPETITION ANNOUNCED!

CFDA Number: 84.018A

The SA Program supports short-term study and travel abroad for U.S. educators for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. The program is open to U.S. educators and administrators at the K-12 level.  For the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 competition, we are offering a seminar to China, administered through a contractual agreement with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR).

The Fiscal Year 2015 Seminars application package will be available starting February 27, 2015 at www.g5.gov. The due date for submitting applications is April 1, 2015.  For additional program information, please go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/index.html

A Seminars Abroad Competition webinar will be offered Saturday, March 7, 12:00pm EST.

To register go to:

https://educate.webex.com/educate/j.php?RGID=r7786b20778828e93310ce7f85ed66494 

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions in order to join the webinar on March 7th.

For audio, you must call in to the conference call line below. (PLEASE NOTE: Audio will not be provided if you just log onto the webinar using the information above).

Dial the Access Phone Number: 888-989-4712.

When prompted, dial the access code: 6256310.

If you have questions once the webinar begins please contact Carla.white@ed.gov.

For additional information on how to apply to the program, please go to:

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/index.html

NASA Student Opportunities – Deadlines are approaching

02/10 – 12/2015 – NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) Online Career Week. 

Under the NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS), the first OSSI Online Career Week will take place on February 10 – 12, 2015. This is a virtual activity that will connect NASA Centers, STEM employers and top graduate programs with a highly qualified and diverse pool of prospective applicants from colleges and universities across the country. The Office of Education will coordinate and collaborate with the Office of Human Capital Management to leverage this activity.  The career week will include: NASA DAY (February 10), with participation from all NASA Centers; STEM INDUSTRY DAY (February 11), with participation from several STEM companies; and STEM Graduate Programs Fair (February 12), with participation from a total of up to 10 Predominantly Black Colleges, Predominantly White Institutions, and Hispanic Serving Institutions that offer STEM Graduate Programs.

POC: Carolyn Knowles, carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov.

One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI), NASA Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS)

NASA Internships are educational hands-on traineeships that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA’s unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.

NASA Internships can be full or part-time, conducted at a NASA facility, contractor facility, or anywhere activities are ongoing to advance NASA’s missions. Mentors can be civil servants, contractors, or faculty conducting activities directly related to NASA’s unique assets and ongoing mission activities.

NASA internships occur within the following 4 sessions per year generally corresponding to the academic calendar: spring, summer, fall, and year-long (often following the academic year Aug.-May)

Summer internship applications are accepted: 11/10/2014 – 03/01/2015

For more information  Go to https://intern.nasa.gov.

NASA Office of Education Scholarship and Research Opportunities

Applications Deadline: March 31, 2015

NASA Office of Education (OE) provides funds for the NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities (SRO), which awards scholarships to individuals who are pursuing degrees in undergraduate studies specifically in areas of projected deficiencies in the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Students interested in applying to the NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities may apply to either the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Scholarships, the Aeronautics Scholarships, or both scholarships, provided the student meets the eligibility criteria. The MUREP Scholarship awards scholarships for individuals pursuing or planning to pursue undergraduate studies leading to Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in one or more relevant NASA related, STEM disciplines. Students must currently attend or plan to attend an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI) in the United States. The NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities for Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarships (AUS) awards scholarships for individuals pursuing or planning to pursue undergraduate studies leading to Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in areas related to aeronautics. These scholarships are directed toward enhancing the state of aeronautics for the nation, transforming the nation’s air transportation system, and developing the knowledge, tools, and technologies to support future air and space vehicles.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the NASA Office of Education MUREP Advanced STEM Training and Research (ASTAR) Fellowships appendix. NASA Office of Education Fellowships support independently conceived or designed research, or senior design projects for graduate students in disciplines needed to help advance NASA’s missions. ASTAR fellowships provides awards for individuals, early in their graduate studies, pursuing or planning to pursue graduate studies leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees in relevant NASA-related disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend, and funding for an annual Center Based Research Experience (CBRE), resulting in an annual award of up to $50,000 for a student pursuing a Masters’ degree/ $55,000 for a student pursuing a Doctoral degree. Fellowships awards are made in the form of training grants to academic institutions and are for a duration of no more than three academic years. Proposals are due May 4, 2015.

For more information regarding ASTAR Fellowships, please visit the NASA EONS page on NSPIRES http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/

NASA EONS Solicitation- Student Fellowship Opportunity

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

Audience: Prospective and 1st year Graduate Student
Proposal Deadline: May 4, 2015

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the NASA Office of Education MUREP Advanced STEM Training and Research (ASTAR) Fellowships appendix. NASA Office of Education Fellowships support independently conceived or designed research, or senior design projects for graduate students in disciplines needed to help advance NASA’s missions. ASTAR fellowships provides awards for individuals, early in their graduate studies, pursuing or planning to pursue graduate studies leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees in relevant NASA-related disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend, and funding for an annual Center Based Research Experience (CBRE), resulting in an annual award of up to $50,000 for a student pursuing a Masters’ degree/ $55,000 for a student pursuing a Doctoral degree. Fellowships awards are made in the form of training grants to academic institutions and are for a duration of no more than three academic years. Proposals are due May 4, 2015.

For more information regarding ASTAR Fellowships, please visit the NASA EONS page on NSPIRES http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/