Minority Serving Institution Program

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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.

About the Grant

Call for  MSI Research/Education Outreach
The STEC CAP grant will award two 12-month grants (each at $50,000 maximum, including indirect costs) to officially designated Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) for the 2013-2014 funding period. The funded MSI research projects:

  1. Focus on understanding and controlling foodborne risks associated with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in U.S. veal production and processing
  2. Contribute research data relevant to understanding and controlling STEC across the beef system and/or educational and outreach programs to ultimately reduce public health risks associated with STEC-contaminated beef products.
  3. Download the 2014-15 Request for Proposals from Minority Serving Institutions

MSI Proposals

  1. Drs. Salina Parveen and Jurgen Schwartz – University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Dr. Rodney Moxley – University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Dr. John Luchansky - USDA Agricultural Research Service
    Number of Interns:  1
    Project Title:  I-STEC in Veal
    Internship Time Frame:      June – December 2014
  2. Drs. Armitra Jackson-Davis, Lamin Kassama – Alabama A&M University, Dr. Maria Joseph – Texas A&M University,
    Drs. John Luchansky and Manan Sharma – USDA Agricultural Research Service
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: Investigating the effectiveness of organic acids containing surfactants in combination with ultrasound and UV treatment on the inactivation of non-O157 and O157:H7 STEC on beef trim.
    Internship Time Frame: August – December 2014

Interested students from MSI's must apply by March 15, 2014 for one or more of these positions in the fall 2014 semester. Interested students must apply by September 15, 2014 for one or more of these positions in the spring or summer 2015 semesters. Students applying from MSI's can refer to the list of regular internships as well when applying.