What is LSMRCE

The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE) for Broadening Participation in STEM is a partnership of Chicago State University (CSU) and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). As co-founders of the pilot, Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE), CSU and IUPUI extend the partnership to include the Ohio State University (OSU) and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in order to deepen collaborations with 6 Midwestern LSAMPs (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) while strengthening existing partnerships with non-LSAMP institutions that are LSMCE collaborators.

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 project team will implement four strategic plans:
  1. Organize annual Broadening Participation conferences with BP professional development opportunities for students, faculty, and program administrators of both LSAMP and non-LSAMP institutions;
  2. Provide social science research guidance and support to promote BP research collaborations among STEM faculty on LSAMP and non-LSAMP campuses; and further investigate the contributing factors that facilitate sustainable partnerships/research collaborations for improving URM academic success;
  3. Demonstrate tangible outcomes of key characteristics of the LSAMP model by providing URMs at LSAMP and non-LSAMP institutions with research skill development, mentoring, and professionalization activities; and
  4. Develop a virtual BP resource center using features of the LSMCE website to disseminate current program information as well as evidence-based, high-impact BP practices.

Our Goal

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 and the impacts of collaborative mentoring on student persistence and advancement in STEM will be studied.

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Spotlight Story

LSMRCE Receives Supplemental Funding for Eaton Experience Events

Students at Eaton
Students participating in speed mentoring session at Eaton North American Headquarters, Feb 2020

The National Science Foundation awards the Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE) $235 thousand to support the non-academic professionalization of under-represented minority students majoring in STEM.

In partnership with Eaton Corporation and the iCONNECT Eaton affinity groups, LSMRCE will use the supplemental grant to organize six Eaton Experience events at Eaton Innovation Centers across the country for the students from the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and LSMRCE Partner Schools. The events are designed to offer students interactive opportunities to engage in, connect to and network with Eaton research scientists and administrators to learn about their STEM career pathways in industry. “The Eaton Experience events offer URM students opportunities to interact with STEM research and management professionals in the actual industrial settings. The experiences would help them realistically evaluate their future career options in the STEM fields,” said Kim Nguyen, LSMRCE Project Director at IUPUI.

The goal is to cultivate sustainable relationships between the Eaton Corporation, the LSAMP community, and LSMRCE partners. “Eaton Corporation is eager to engage with the LSMRCE Center and the LSAMP communities and build pipelines of opportunities for the STEM talent matriculating from local schools. We look forward to providing STEM URM students contextual experiences that enhance the student's sense of belonging in the STEM field,” Karmell Thomas, Management of Supplier Diversity at Eaton Corporation and LSMRCE Advisory Board Member. To find out more about these events, visit the website at https://lsmrce.org/events/eaton/2019-eaton/eaton-events.aspx

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