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LSU researchers awarded 1 of the largest NSF grants in Louisiana history
Date:11/1/2010

ion program focusing on three science drivers: electronic, energy and biomolecular materials. The alliance capitalizes on the jurisdiction's cyberinfrastructure and past investments in experimental and computational materials science. Program objectives include building the next generation of experimentally validated formalisms, algorithms and codes for multiscale materials simulations; implementing them on present and next generation supercomputers; and educating the next generation of a highly skilled workforce of materials scientists and engineers.

"Individual Louisiana institutions do not have a critical mass of researchers to address the challenges described in the proposal," said Hall. "LA-SiGMA will build this critical mass by supporting collaborations between scientists and engineers at different institutions through shared graduate students and courses. A confluence of experimental and computational facilities, together with directed intellectual collaboration, will allow LA-SiGMA to have a transformational affect on materials science in Louisiana."

Elements of LA-SiGMA will include:

An education plan that includes new materials science graduate courses delivered across the state;

Well-developed relationships between research universities, two-year colleges and the K-12 community through ongoing outreach efforts;

Strong partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, two-year colleges and other universities in the state;

Involvement of predominantly undergraduate institutions as partners in research;

A team focused on training students and researchers to fully utilize the next generation cyberinfrastructure;

Multifaceted diversity, workforce development and external engagement plans including relationships with industries through researchers, industry liaisons and the state EPSCoR committee; and

Rigorous evaluation and assessment by an external evaluator, and feedback through an ex
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Contact: Ashley Berthelot
aberth4@lsu.edu
225-578-3870
Louisiana State University
Source:Eurekalert

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