Minority Institute Astrobiology Collaborative (MIAC)

The Minority Institute Astrobiology Collaborative (MIAC) is a virtual collaboration of faculty and students from minority serving institutions (MSIs): including, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Native American Serving Institutions (TCUs, NASNTIs and AANAPISIs) as well as scientists and educators from racial/ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in the sciences who serve at non-MSI or "major" universities and other research-oriented organizations focused on achieving common educational and research goals in astrobiology.

The purpose of MIAC is to bring together individuals who share an interest in making significant contributions to the field of Astrobiology in both research and education and increasing the participation of individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented in that field. The importance of astrobiology as an interdisciplinary science is in its focus on some of the most important questions in the history of science. The multidisciplinary nature of astrobiology facilitates cross-disciplinary collaboration and supports national and international partnerships with minority institutions.


General Goals

  • Building a successful model for collaborations among scientists and educators at minority institutions (MIs) that will result in funded astrobiology research, peer-reviewed publications, and shared resources that benefit minority students.
  • Developing astrobiology course work and educational outreach that will attract significant numbers of minority students into the field of astrobiology.
  • Creating research opportunities in astrobiology for minority students at minority institutions that result in student presentations and publications in astrobiology.
  • Developing an infrastructure that will lead to inclusion of members on NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Teams.


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