In keeping with the U.S. Department of Defense Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s mission, delegates from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) traveled to Taiwan March 2-9, 2013. The purpose of the trip was to conduct Phase II of their fact-finding initiative, which will focus on using the intelligence gathered in Phase I to create programs and approaches to teaching and learning that will result in measurable change in the quality and quantity of students completing academic programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mathematics (STEAM).

Ideally, the mission to Taiwan will lead to initial partnerships designed around the below items among a select group of TMCF member-schools and two or three world-class institutions in Taiwan.
  • Bilateral faculty exchanges
  • Bilateral student exchanges
  • Jointly sponsored international research projects
  • Bilateral placement of students in local public/private internships

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Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
President & CEO
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Ralph L. Cwerman
President & Co-Founder
The Humpty Dumpty Institute

Dr. N. Joyce Payne
Senior International Affairs & STEM Advisor to the President
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Dr. Dovi Alipoe
Director and Professor, Office of Global Programs
Alcorn State University

Dr. Keith A. McGee
Associate Professor of Biology
Alcorn State University

Dr. Deborah Barnes
Associate Professor
Office of International Programs and the College of Arts and Sciences
North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. Sanjiv Sarin
Vice Provost for Research, Graduate Programs
Dean, Graduate School, Professor of Engineering, The Graduate School
North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. Gregory H. Maddox
Professor of History, The Graduate School
Texas Southern University

Dr. Audrey Player
Assistant Professor, Biology Department
Texas Southern University


For more information about the TMCF fact-finding missions and international initiatives, please contact:

Dr. N. Joyce Payne
Sr. International Affairs & STEM Advisor to the President
Phone: 202.236.9404
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