CC* Regional: Accelerating Research and Education at Small Colleges in Texas via an
Advanced Networking Ecosystem Using a Virtual LEARN Science DMZ
The Lonestar Education And Research Network (LEARN), a consortium of 43 organizations
throughout Texas, has expanded opportunities for students and faculty at smaller campuses
to participate in research that relies on increasingly sophisticated network technology
and the expertise to manage that technology. LEARN identified a set of smaller campuses
that took part in the grant and provided these campuses with advanced network and
performance monitoring technologies, the expertise to manage the technologies, training
and assistance in increasing utilization of the technologies, and a community of similarly
engaged scholars and administrators across Texas.
LEARN partnered with national organizations in the implementation of this project. Impacts included increased opportunities for students to learn about and gain experience in advanced aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for which they might not otherwise have had an opportunity, for extension of the project to students and faculty at other campuses in Texas, and for the extension of the LEARN model to other regional networks and smaller campuses throughout the United States. This grant was suucessfully completed in September 2023.