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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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation
Principal Investigators/Project Directors’ Meetings

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will convene the 2019 LSAMP PI/PD and BD student meetings at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, D.C. during the week of February 18, 2019. Early registration is encouraged. The lodging site is the Omni Shoreham Hotel which is in close proximity to the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The meeting will begin at 6:00pm on Tuesday, February 19th with check-in and conclude on Thursday, February 21st at 3:00pm. The registration fee is $75 for LSAMP PIs and BD Project Directors. This fee covers the meals provided on the meeting agenda. There is NO REGISTRATION FEE for BD Students. Please indicate any special accommodations when registering. Questions about the PI meeting should be directed to

Registration site

Registration deadline is January 25, 2019.

February 19 – 21 PI/PD Meeting and Bridge to the Doctorate Student Meeting
February 21-23 HBCU-UP ERN Conference
Accessibility disclaimer: To obtain information contained in document file on this page in an accessible format please contact by email at contact@lsmrce.org or by phone at 317-278-4753.

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This philosophy is why IN LSAMP supports and invests in scholars along their STEM Career path. Mentoring is provided from the beginning of the journey to the finish line preparing students to reach goals today and dreams tomorrow.

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IN LSAMP Scholar, Mr. Salvador Valle Rodriguez, working in the laboratory. Photo courtesy of IN LSAMP

Salvador Valle Rodriguez (pictured left), a pre-engineering student at Ivy Tech Community College, serves as an IN LSAMP Scholar. Through participation in the program, he discovered an opportunity to journey to Southern Illinois University to accomplish one of his goals of participating in undergraduate research. Research experiences for undergraduates (REU) supports active research participation by undergraduate students in areas funded by the National Science Foundation.


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