The STEC CAP Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Partnership Program
The STEC CAP grant is pleased to highlight our Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) partnership program, led by Jeff Witte, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, his staff and in coordination with the staff of New Mexico State University Career Services. The STEC CAP grant devotes approximately 2/3 of our funding and work effort to research and 1/3 to educational and outreach activities and programs. MSI collaborators contribute significantly in both of these aspects of the grant to enhance our understanding and control of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in the beef supply.
Currently, we are offering two opportunities for interested MSI-based collaborators and/or students. The first is an open request for proposals (RFP) to address targeted research to better understand and control STEC in both veal and beef production, processing and/or consumption (one funding award to each of the two topics), or to assist in MSI-oriented education and outreach programs that will support the STEC CAP grant's overall activities.
Secondly, MSI-based undergraduate and graduate students can apply for research or education-oriented internships at any of our 12 core STEC CAP institutions, or to work with the principal investigators at the two schools funded under the current RFP. These internships provide students great experiential learning related to food safety and the beef system, and our experts (approximately 50 associated researchers or education specialists) will mentor each intern in the intricacies associated with sound scientific research to prepare each student for future graduate program responsibilities and/or industry-based employment. Please take a few minutes to learn about these two MSI focused programs and contact us if you have any questions.
New Mexico State University will lead the recruiting efforts and will initially focus on MSIs listed by the United States Department of Education, including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU).
MSI Internship Program
The MSI internship program is closely affiliated with the general STEC CAP grant's student internship program called STEC-STEP (Student Training and Education Program). Please read about STEC-STEP under the Internship Program. The goals of the STEC-STEP program include generating interest among capable students to pursue graduate education and ultimately professional careers in the area of food safety and/or public health, particularly as it relates to the beef industry. Additionally, student interns are a critical force to support high quality STEC CAP research and education/outreach programs.
For 2014-2015, we anticipate awarding up to eleven MSI internships through the STEC-STEP program. Students can apply via the MSI Intern Application Form to complete internships during the 2015 spring and summer semesters at any of the twelve core STEC CAP collaborating institutions, or to work with either of the two principal investigators receiving 2014-2015 awards under the MSI Research and Education/Outreach RFP.
Special Note to STEC CAP Grant Core Collaborators –
Separate calls to all current STEC CAP core collaborators, and to MSI collaborators awarded grants under the current RFP, are being made to solicit research and/or education and outreach oriented proposals to mentor student interns specifically from MSI's. If you are a core collaborator, we encourage you to use the MSI Collaborator Form to request approval of an MSI internship position in accordance with the deadline.