What is LSMRCE
The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE) for Broadening Participation in STEM, a partnership of Chicago State
University (CSU) and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in collaboration with the Ohio State University (OSU)
and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), is funded by the National Science Foundation for the purpose of powering the
relationship with currently funded Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) projects and strengthening the existing
partnership with non-LSAMP institutions in the Midwest to broaden the participation and representation of underrepresented
minority (URM) groups in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce.
The LSMRCE also aims to become a regional backbone support organization for information dissemination that contributes to the
development of the NSF INCLUDES National Network. The LSMRCE will develop, house, and distribute results of regional efforts in the
collection, analysis, and assessment of best practices as recommended in the LSAMP model. It will also contribute to fundamental
research in the science of broadening participation (BP).
The LSMRCE will obtain significant new knowledge on factors that sustain institutional collaborations that advance URM student
achievement in STEM majors at Midwestern non-LSAMP campuses. The engagement in BP research collaborations of the faculty will help
generate the needed data to assess STEM education efficacy that reaches across all communities of learners who will graduate
and advance their education in STEM. The LSMRCE will become a national model for fostering connections that are essential
for expanding the INCLUDES Network (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in
Engineering & Science). The annual BP conferences, available on-line resources about LSAMP programming, and other analytics on
high-impact practices in STEM teaching and learning will enable practitioners and researchers to design effective strategies
for increasing the number of URMs who graduate with STEM degrees. LSMRCE summer research interns at Fermilab will be tracked a
nd the impacts of collaborative mentoring on student persistence and advancement in STEM will be studied.