Morgan and Coppin state universities and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore have joined a national coalition of historically black colleges partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy to foster joint research projects, student internships and expanded access to solar power.
The coalition signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Energy last month to request grant funding for research projects. The agreement is also intended to help increase the number of graduates from historically black colleges who work in science, technology, engineering and math.
"This coalition opens the door for an era of cooperation among the HBCUs and the Department of Energy," Victor McCrary, vice president for research and economic development at Morgan, said in a statement.
University officials hope the partnership also helps them expand solar energy in working communities including Baltimore.
The others partners include Florida Memorial University, the University of the Virgin Islands, Southern University at New Orleans, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., Southern University at Shreveport, La., and Prairie View A&M University in Texas.