Training activities aimed at providing research for undergraduate students in sustainable energy was conducted in the first year. Eleven undergraduate students were given stipends to conduct energy related research at Morehouse, to conduct sustainability research in Ghana, or to conduct research at Excellatron, a company that focuses on research and development of energy products. Excellatron is one of the supporting companies for M-WISE.
Pre-Freshman Bridge Summer Science Program
The Pre-Freshmen Bridge Summer Science Program is a six-week residential summer experience with a focus on energy and sustainability where incoming students participate in scientific literacy development, applied mathematics, guided inquiry laboratories, scientific field trips, as well as personal and professional development. The program which is leveraged by support from the NSF Partnerships in Research and Education in Materials (PREM) grant and the National Nuclear Security Administration grant from the Department of Energy is designed to 1) provide an integrated perspective on the science of sustainable energy and associated environmental challenges; 2) develop an advanced level of scientific literacy among pre-freshmen science and mathematics majors; and 3) enhance student success and increase the number of graduates who enter graduate school in pursuit of research careers.
Evidence for successful outcomes relative to increased levels of scientific literacy in the scientific literacy summer bridge program is evident. At the end of the program pre-freshmen indicate that they have a better understanding of scientific literacy and a greater understanding and heightened value for science, research, related career opportunities and sustainable energy.
Student Energy Club
The Atlanta University Center’s first student-based energy club was formally chartered at Morehouse College in the spring of 2011. A student executive board was formed, and an umbrella organization for all student-based energy and sustainability organizations was formed. This organization was initially named AACES (Atlanta-University-Center Alliance Cultivating Energy and Sustainability). The member institutions and clubs included Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Green for All, SEED, and an American Association of Blacks in Energy Chapter. The most significant activity of AACES during the spring of 2011 was in the collaborative efforts made by several organizations that were formerly independent. As a result one energy related event attracted over 125 students. In addition to the above, AACES was formally given office space and conference room in one of Morehouse's dormitories.
The club was renamed Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS) and remains active with over 50 members and several large projects. The organization conducts ongoing education programs that informs students about sustainable energy and environmental issues.
In 2012-2013 academic year one such program, Water Wars, students conducted an Atlanta-wide fundraising campaign to build sustainable water wells in Africa. The club also worked on a major Earth Day joint event with Clark Atlanta University's Living Green Club and Spelman's Environmental Task Force. Also Institutional approval and support for a showcase, educational sustainable garden has been obtained by SOS.