The US Army Joins Fayetteville State University in Advancing STEM Research and Education

Fayetteville State University (FSU) enters into a research partnership agreement with the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL). 

Continuing its advancement as a growing research institution, Fayetteville State University has added the US Army Research Laboratory as one of its collaborative partners in the development of scientific research projects.  This collaboration will also include a coordinated effort in the development of research education programming that will train pre-college and undergraduate students in science research skills that are critical to the US government and the defense industry.

Both Institutions see this partnership as beneficial and in adherence with the US Department of Defense’s Education Partnership Act which authorizes and promotes partnership agreements between each defense laboratory and educational institutions in the United States for the purpose of encouraging and enhancing study in scientific disciplines at all levels of education.  The agreement between FSU and ARL will include Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at FSU that are deemed relevant to ARL’s science and technology programs.  The partnership model will address the following objectives:

  1. To encourage and enhance study in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and to provide laboratory and other technical experiences that support the pursuit of STEM courses, collegiate STEM majors and STEM-technical careers, relating basic academic skills to realistic contemporary applications for students, faculty and staff;
  2. To provide technical assistance to the school system, which can enhance teaching experience in STEM fields; and
  3. To leverage regional STEM collaborative efforts in support of STEM educational goals benefiting students, government, industry and non-profit organizations.

The establishment of this strategic partnership will enable the sharing of information, resources, personnel and expertise to affect an increase interest in, and propensity towards, STEM education.  Under the agreement, FSU faculty will travel to Adelphi Maryland to serve as presenters for ARL staff, and likewise ARL staff will travel to Fayetteville to present to university faculty.   Additionally, FSU staff still will have summer research opportunities at ARL, while students will be afforded the opportunity to serve summer internships at the Laboratory.  ARL staff will also serve on FSU departmental advisory committees to assist in the enhancement/development of STEM curricula.  To ensure that research concepts gained at ARL can be replicated at FSU, ARL will loan and or donate equipment to the school.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory of the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is the Army’s corporate, or central, laboratory.  It’s mission is to discover, innovate, and transition science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power.

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a public comprehensive regional university that promotes the educational, social, cultural, and economic transformation of southeastern North Carolina and beyond. The primary mission of FSU is to provide students with the highest quality learning experiences that will produce global citizens and leaders as change agents for shaping the future of the State.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Daryush ILA. Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research at FSU; (910) 672-2640;