Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) & Integrated Arctic Education

Project: Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) & Integrated Arctic Education (morphed into Workforce Development for Year 3)

Lead Institution: University of Alaska Anchorage

Project Description:
The Workforce Development (WFD) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) program components of ADAC Fellows involve qualified University of Alaska students (WFD) and students of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) who are seeking degrees from across academic disciplines related to: advanced data analysis and visualization; communications and interoperability; community, commerce, and infrastructure resilience; emergency preparedness and response; maritime and port security; natural disasters and related geophysical studies; and decision sciences. Research internships via ADAC’s WFD component take place during the academic year for both undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to the students, the WFD/MSI program involves the entire ADAC Research Network (ARN) of projects and personnel, as well as customers, partners and industry. Students participate in the monthly Customer and Partners Roundtables, and will be placed into research internships within the ADAC projects. As such, the research challenges addressed by the WFD/MSI programs include identification of Coast Guard research gaps and ADAC research projects in which they will conduct research. ADAC’s WFD component is a research internship program that occurs during the academic year

The specific aim of the WFD/MSI programs is for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Enterprise to employ the students who have graduated, and the ideal end-state of the CDG grant program is to two-fold: 1) to contribute to the growth of highly skilled workforce for Homeland Security agencies; and 2) to contribute to the capability of the US Coast Guard operator, in support of USCG missions in the Arctic. With DHS funding approval occurring in November, 2016, the first WFD cohort is currently under recruitment for Spring semester, 2017