The Pipeline Project

Allen University administers the NNSA/HBCU Pipeline Project on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Allen University is the Project’s Lead Institution. As a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, NNSA works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provide the U.S. with safe nuclear propulsion; and maintain and secure the U.S.’s stock pile of nuclear weapons. It’s Historically Black Colleges and University’s (HBCU) effort was created to increase the number of minority and female students pursuing education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) areas who could become part of the next generation of leaders committed to answering the needs of national security entrusted to government agencies such as the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA).

What are the elements of the “Pipeline” Project?

  • NNSA Scholars- Undergraduate students at one of the participating institutions who major in “STEM” areas and who are eligible to receive the benefits offered to NNSA Scholars are designated as” NNSA Scholars”
  • Financial Support - Offered on a competitive basis to “STEM” students admitted to one of the participating institutions
  • Summer Internships - Open to rising Juniors and Seniors whose GPA’s are 3.0 or better and who have completed the preliminary course work in their major areas of concentration. Placements are for 6-10 weeks in the Summer (post-academic year) at research laboratories across the U.S.; at University research labs; and at USDOE facilities in several states. Interns are provided with stipends and allowances for transportation and travel. Internships are competitively awarded upon recommendation by the student’s faculty advisor or Division Head.
  • Mentoring Programs - NNSA Pipeline Scholars participate as Mentees and Mentors in a mentoring program designed to aid in the retention of STEM Majors; increase their success; educate students in the opportunities offered by the “Pipeline Project”; and introduce middle and high school students to STEM areas and careers.
  • Research Opportunities - URS Corporation, a major contractor operating at Department Of Energy (DOE) sites across the US including Savannah River, S.C, Y12 (Tennessee) and Paco Lab (Washington), will provide opportunities for faculty members and NNSA scholars to engage in scientific research projects at several DOE laboratories.
  • High School/Middle School Outreach efforts - The South Carolina institutional participants at the college level have developed partnerships with middle and high schools located in geographical proximity to those institutions which offer opportunities for NNSA scholars to introduce “STEM” areas and career opportunities available after graduation to these pre-college students. Several institutions (including Allen University and South Carolina State University) offer summer programs to high school students where the participants are introduced to the course of study for STEM Majors , the opportunities provided by the “Pipeline Project”, and the relevant research methodology, subject matter, etc. These students participate in activities on campus at the participating universities.
  • Professional Development:
    • Middle and High School Teachers - Receive professional development opportunities in teaching methodology, curriculum content, and state mandated subject matter requirements from nationally recognized experts in Math and Science.
    • College Faculty Members - Offered opportunities for professional development, opportunities to pursue scientific research projects at nationally accredited laboratories, and a chance to expose student research assistants to multiple research areas and opportunities.

2010 Participating Schools/Universities:

  • Allen University, Lead Institution
  • South Carolina State University
  • Voorhees College
  • Claflin University
  • W.J. Keenan High School