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HBCU-UP ACE Implementation Project


The HBCU-UP Achieving Competitive Excellence Implementation Project is funded by the National Science Foundation to support the involvement of undergraduate students in the development of sustainable materials, energy, and technologies through an interdisciplinary dual-degree curriculum that integrates academics, research and global engagement with collaborating university partners in China - Beijing Forestry University, Guangxi University, and Guizhou University.  As a participant in the Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory Mentor-Protégé Program, SU students and faculty will also   benefit from access to external research opportunities available through Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Associated Universities.  

The goal of the HBCU-UP ACE Implementation Project is to create a transformative connection between STEM disciplines, Research and Development (R&D), and international engagement using an interdisciplinary approach to promote innovation and creativity in the field of sustainability.  Involving both domestic and international partners in this project supports Southern's vision to develop a globally astute workforce as students and faculty will gain access to top scientific personnel, programs and facilities throughout the world.   This, in turn, will support: 

  • Expanded opportunities for students to participate in research experiences and internships that complement their academic programs; and
  • Enhanced research resources for the University due to increased opportunities whereby faculty can engage in research development activities.


Summer 2013 Research Experience Video

Summer 2012 Research Experience Video

** Summer 2014 Expression of Interest Form **

Related Sites 

National Science Foundation

Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

Oak Ridge Associated Universities 

Beijing Forestry University 

Guangxi University 

Guizhou University