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2012 News Releases

Partnership with Naval Surface Warfare Center to give science students hands-on research experience

September 4, 2012

Longwood University

Longwood University has entered into an Educational Partnership Agreement with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) that will allow science students to use NSWCDD facilities and equipment, and to work closely with division staff.

Under the agreement, NSWCDD, a research and development system for weapons systems, may transfer or loan laboratory equipment to Longwood and may involve Longwood faculty and students in their projects.

The partnership was developed through the initiative of physics and mathematics major Garrett Josemans '14, who completed an internship at Dahlgren this summer. After hearing that Dahlgren was already partnered with other colleges, Josemans explored the idea of developing a similar relationship with Longwood. The agreement was formalized on Aug. 29, 2012.

"This is a great opportunity for the Longwood science program to develop and grow," Josemans said. "The program can really expand with the help of Dahlgren staff. and future students will be able to take advantage of their expertise."

The agreement formalizes a longstanding connection between Longwood and NSWCDD, said Dr. Charles D. Ross, dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences.

"I am really excited that Longwood can be part of one of these prestigious partnerships," said Ross. "We have had a number of physics majors take jobs at Dahlgren over the years, so we already have a good relationship. I want to particularly thank Garrett for doing the legwork to get the EPA up and running. We already have a strong physics program, but I expect the resources that the NSWC can provide to us will allow us to do some things we previously could not."

EPAs, created by the U.S. Congress to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, are designed to bring real-world science and technology applications to the classroom.