OK EPSCoR supports education and human resources outreach programs that are designed to build Oklahoma’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce through a robust set of initiatives. EPSCoR outreach programs target critical points in the STEM pipeline, while also seeking to broaden participation of women, American Indians and other underrepresented individuals in the field.
Outreach programs are available for every group within the STEM pipeline. Programs are designed to meet the specific needs of these stakeholders, so STEM education will flourish, research programs will grow, and highly qualified college graduates will be available to fill the state’s emerging high technology business needs.
The state’s cyber infrastructure plan plays an integral role in EPSCoR’s STEM education, human resources and research goals. Through the CI plan, free supercomputing symposia and training seminars are available, and all academic institutions in the state are eligible to sign up for free use of OU’s and OSU’s centrally-owned CI resources. Other institutions—government, NGO, commercial—are eligible to use the resources, as well (fees may apply).
EPSCoR seeks to heighten citizens’ awareness of STEM research and education in the state, so they may better understand STEM’s relevance to successful local, state and national communities. Health and welfare, homeland security, technology and the economy all benefit from public-funded investments in scientific research, education and development. EPSCoR’s programs are designed to illuminate this significance and to support the furtherance of STEM in Oklahoma.