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ORAU welcomes three new universities as sponsoring institutions

Four universities join as associate members

April 16, 2012

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) recently welcomed Purdue University, Syracuse University and Utah State University as its newest sponsoring institutions during the 67th annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions, held in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“We’re honored at ORAU to have these institutions join our ever-growing university consortium, said President and CEO Andy Page. “Membership in ORAU’s consortium will increase their already diverse opportunities for students and faculty researchers in many key areas of science and technology.”

ORAU has 105 members in 29 states ranging from Florida to Idaho and Pennsylvania to Nevada, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and England. According to the National Science Foundation R&D Expenditures rankings, 39 ORAU member institutions are in the top 100 member universities. ORAU was formed 65 years ago under the auspices of the Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies and originally consisted of 14 southern schools.

Sponsoring Institutions:
An ORAU sponsoring institution is a non-profit institution of higher learning granting doctoral degrees in multiple science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields; and ranks among the nation's top research universities. 

  • Purdue University is a public, land-grant institution and the flagship of the Purdue University System. Purdue is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University and is noted as one of the nation’s leading research institutions known for discoveries in science, technology, engineering and math. Purdue offers 81 undergraduate, 55 masters, and 51 doctoral degrees.
  • Syracuse University is a private, Carnegie Doctoral/Research University noted for its research programs in government and industry. SU is driven by its vision, Scholarship in Action—a commitment to forging bold, imaginative, reciprocal, and sustained engagements with its constituent communities. Syracuse offers 40 undergraduate, 158 masters and 48 doctoral degrees.
  • Utah State University is a public, land-grant, and Carnegie Doctoral/ Research University. Recognized for its research and innovative technology, the mission of Utah State University is to be one of the nation’s premier student-centered, land-grant and space-grant universities. USU is committed to academics, diversity of thought and culture, and serving the public through learning discovery and engagement. Utah State offers 34 undergraduate, 11 masters and five doctoral degrees.

Associate Members:
An ORAU associate member is an institution of higher learning offering bachelor’s, master’s or a limited number of doctoral degrees in the STEM fields.

  • Fayetteville State University is a public, historically black university that promotes the educational, social, cultural, and economic transformation of southeastern North Carolina and beyond. FSU provides programs in teacher education, the arts and sciences, health professions, business and economics and unique and emerging fields. FSU offers 40 undergraduate, 23 masters and one doctoral degree.
  • Georgia Southern University is a public, Carnegie Doctoral/Research University devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship, and service. Georgia Southern’s nationally accredited academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies prepare a diverse and select undergraduate and graduate student population for leadership and service as world citizens. GSU offers 64 undergraduate, 95 masters and 49 doctoral degrees. 
  • Kentucky State University is a public, historically black university and land-grant institution. KSU provides student-centered learning while integrating teaching, research, and service through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. KSU offers 24 undergraduate, and six masters degrees.
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a historically black university and land-grant institution. In keeping with its land-grant mandate, the university’s purpose and uniqueness are grounded in distinctive learning, discovery and engagement opportunities in agriculture, marine and environmental sciences, technology, engineering and aviation sciences, health professions, and hospitality management. UMES offers 34 undergraduate, 11 masters and five doctoral degrees.

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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