…it’s not artwork…but science and technology…at work. It’s an open house going on at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery. 120 students are showing off their research and the National Science Foundation funds the conference. Click here for the video.
The Alabama Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ALEPSCoR) program is dedicated to the advancement of economic development via scientific and engineering research through a collaborative effort among the State’s research universities. The focus of activities is designed to attract and retain distinguished scientists and researchers for Alabama; to develop new cutting-edge technologies and high-tech industry; and to stimulate state competitiveness in medicine, biotechnology, engineering, and other applied sciences.
ALEPSCoR was very successful in the last year, and secured more than $7.1M in new federal research funding during 2012. Federally funded research expenditures for the same period exceeded $17.9M. Awards were received from the federal EPSCoR programs of the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These awards range in duration from one to six years and employ numerous researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students. In addition, large numbers of K-12 teachers and students are involved in ALEPSCoR K-12 outreach activities. A special emphasis is placed on outreach and collaborations with underrepresented groups to encourage involvement and knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Read More.