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University of Texas at San Antonio Among Seven New Members of ORAU Consortium

April 14, 2006

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) welcomed the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSD) as one of the newest members of its university consortium during the 61st annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held in Oak Ridge.

UTSA and Middle Tennessee State Universities (MTSU) joined the ORAU Consortium as associate members. In addition, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Penn State University (PSU), San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) have been accepted by the Council as the newest ORAU sponsoring institutions.

With these additions, the ORAU Consortium now consists of 96 sponsoring institutions and 13 associate members, representing 28 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and London. Membership in the ORAU consortium allows faculty and students at member institutions opportunities to win members-only grants and internships as well as participate in laboratory research at federal facilities, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

"This prestigious new class of member institutions brings an incredible array of assets in terms of academic reputation, scientific research, human resources, and innovation in educating the next generation of science and technology leaders," ORAU President Ron Townsend said. "I could not be more pleased to welcome such a diverse group of universities to the ORAU family. I expect that the entire consortium will benefit from the contributions of these newest members for years to come."

While younger than other members of this group of universities, both Texas schools have experienced tremendous growth since each was founded in 1969. UTSA serves the South Texas region with three campuses and offers more than 100 degree programs to 26,000 students. UTD serves the North Texas area and originally grew out of the efforts of the founders of Texas Instruments to improve the level of graduate education for the Southwest Region of the United States. UTD has grown to include 26 Ph.D. programs and a faculty that includes Nobel laureate Alan MacDiarmid.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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