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Research on the Science & Engineering of Signatures (ROSES)

Research experiences for African-American students in STEM disciplines

August 18, 2016
Michelle Lee (back row, center), program manager for ROSES, gathers at the entry to Los Alamos with some of the program’s 2016 interns.

Michelle B. Lee (back row, center), the Laboratory's program manager for ROSES, gathers at the entry to Los Alamos with some of the program’s 2016 interns.


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Lab's consortium is building collaborations with historically black colleges, universities



Conscious and Unconscious Bias

Research on the Science & Engineering of Signatures (ROSES) is a consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with national laboratories that is funded by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). ROSES is part of the NNSA's Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program, currently involving 39 HBCUs and 8 DOE sites (including Los Alamos) in key science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) areas.

Go to Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program page to view all ROSES Consortium Members »

The purpose of the Laboratory's ROSES consortium is to build research collaborations between Los Alamos and HBCUs within multiple LANL organizations and assist the HBCUs with strengthening the pipeline of students with STEM expertise through research, training, and internships. The schools currently participating at Los Alamos are Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Delaware State University, and Morehouse College.

ROSES is one of two HBCU consortiums at Los Alamos. The other consortium is Materials and Energy Sciences.

Main objectives of the program are to

  • Develop university and industrial partnerships
  • Focus efforts on 
    • student development, recruitment, retention, employment
    • pipeline development—research is important, but education is main focus
  • Coordinate outreach with focus on K-12 education
  • Apply metrics to all tasks and deliverables
2016 LANL ROSES Interns
Status Student Major/Degree Institution LANL Org
Graduate Research Assistant Ben Brooks Health Physics/MS Alcorn State University Radiation Protection
Graduate Research Assistant Shimi Didla Health Physics/MS Alcorn State University Environmental Protection & Compliance
Undergraduate Student Blake Benyard Physics/BS Morehouse College Weapon Systems Engineering
Undergraduate Student Amina Gauff Health Physics/BS Delaware State University Physics
Undergraduate Student Joshua Hazlett Applied Physics/Computer Engineering/BS Morehouse College Radiation Protection
Undergraduate Student Kwyntero Kelso Physics/BS Alabama A&M University Materials Physics & Applications
Undergraduate Student Caroline Mensah Health Physics/BS Alcorn State University Bioscience
Undergraduate Student Shamia Pamplin Engineering Physics/BS Delaware State University Bioscience

Outreach education

One of the objectives of the ROSES consortium is K-12 outreach education. Its first program, ROSES: Power with STEAM (STEM disciplines plus Arts), was recently implemented to reach out and inspire New Mexico African-American youth to pursue these disciplines and to envision themselves working as scientists and professionals at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the future. Learn more »