In 2015, Sustainable Horizons Institute (SHI) and Berkeley Lab partnered together with an innovative idea to increase the breadth and quality of the Computing Sciences workforce. This idea led to the emergence of a new program: Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP). The SRP Program originated as a method of connecting scientists from underrepresented groups (minorities, women, people with disabilities, first generation scholars, smaller colleges & universities) with scientists at Berkeley Lab, to encourage the formation of ongoing research collaborations.
During its first five years, the SRP Program fostered over 100 connections between Berkeley Lab scientists and faculty members from a variety of colleges and universities, including a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) like Tuskegee University, Fort Valley State University, University of Puerto Rico, the University of Kentucky, and American River College, among others.
The SRP Program consists of two major parts: a fast paced one-day matching workshop, and a two-month summer research experience. The matching workshop is held at Berkeley Lab to provide faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about each other’s research interests and identify possibilities for collaborative work. This process is facilitated through research presentations and a “speed matching” activity. Once faculty-staff matches are identified, the teams submit proposals for summer research experiences at the laboratory The summer research experience is designed to immerse faculty and/or their students in a rigorous program lead by staff at Berkeley Lab. Check below for more information on the previous SRP Programs.
* Stay tuned for more information on upcoming SRP 2021 announcements *