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ORAU MSI Research Council

ORAU and MSI Research Council to develop a strategic plan for advancing research and education capabilities at these institutions

Our nation’s historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving educational institutions are often untapped resources, abounding in talent, ingenuity and expertise but often lacking in the material resources necessary for scientific research.

That’s why ORAU places a high priority on building relationships between these schools and some of the larger laboratories and research universities in America.

Among the full complement of ORAU member institutions are universities that comprise the Minority Serving Institutions Research Council.

Members of the MSI Research Council are all engaged in leading-edge science and technology and are recognized as competitive and strategic business partners.

MSI Research Council Member Institutions

Below is a list of the MSI Research Council members and the designated ORAU Councilor.

Institution Councilor
Alabama A&M University Lloyd T. Walker
Clark Atlanta University De Lisa A. Wilson
Fayetteville State University Daryush Ila
Florida International University Andres G. Gil
Howard University Anthony K. Wutoh
Jackson State University Joseph A. Whittaker
Johnson C. Smith University Terik Tidwell
Meharry Medical College Maria Fatima Lima
New Mexico State University Luis Vazquez
North Carolina A&T State University Sanjiv Sarin
South Carolina State University Elbert R. Malone
Southern University and A&M College Michael A. Stubblefield
Spelman College Sharon L. Davies
Tennessee State University Frances Williams
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Mohammad S. Alam
Tuskegee University Shaik Jeelani
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Ali B. Ishaque
University of Miami Jean-Pierre Bardet
University of New Mexico Gabriel Lopez
University of Texas at Arlington Kimberly Mayer
University of Texas at San Antonio Bernard Arulanandam
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Karen Martirosyan
University of the District of Columbia Victor McCrary

MSI Research Council Steering Committee

  • Dr. Daniela Radu, Florida International University (chair)

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