NSF Invests $18.8M in Inaugural Cohort for ExLent Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced its inaugural cohort of the Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT) program, investing $18.8 million across 27 teams at U.S. institutions of higher education to expand practical learning opportunities and grow talent nationwide. This includes support for teams from minority-serving institutions and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Initiated by NSF’s Directorates for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) and STEM Education (EDU), ExLENT is primed to offer hands-on learning experiences in sectors outlined in the CHIPS and Science Act. This spans areas like advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, quantum information science, and semiconductors. Mentorship forms the backbone of the ExLENT program, leveraging a cohort-centric model.

James L. Moore III, NSF assistant director for EDU, shed light on the program’s broader vision. “With the rapid advancements in key technologies, it’s imperative to build a diverse STEM workforce that’s equipped and motivated to drive this innovation,” Moore said. “ExLENT promises not just learning but also the fostering of essential industry relationships, dovetailing with our nation’s strategic priorities.”

Learn more about the ExLENT program here.


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