LSMRCE 2019 Annual Conference

LSMRCE 2019 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence conference Building a Diverse STEM Talent Pool: Classrooms to Careers was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 25-27, 2019, at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing. This event was co-hosted with the Indiana STEM Alliance and offered students, faculty mentors, educational researchers, and program administrators a platform to exchange knowledge and to cultivate a community of practitioners and scholars in the area of broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

AWARD WINNERS

Tony Quinn Inclusive Excellence Award
Lesley Berhan, PhD, University of Toledo

As the Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Dr. Berhan leads the development and execution of initiatives and programs to assess, increase, and support all forms of diversity within the College of Engineering, and fosters an atmosphere of inclusiveness, equity, and respect among students, faculty, and staff. She is committed to cultivating and maintaining a culture of inclusive excellence in the college and to ensuring that all students, faculty, and staff have the opportunities and resources they need to be successful. Her duties also include developing and facilitating relationships between the college and community stakeholders to increase the interest in, and exposure to, engineering to residents of Toledo and NW Ohio.

Dr. Berhan is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at The University of Toledo. She received her BS. in Civil Engineering from the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad in 1994. She worked as a civil engineer in Trinidad for one year before beginning her graduate studies. In 1997 she received her M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after which she worked for two years as a structural engineer at Albert Kahn Associates in Detroit, Michigan. In 2003 she received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She taught for one year at the University of Detroit Mercy before joining the MIME department in Fall 2004.

Top Bridge to the Doctorate Oral Presenter
Zabrina Santana Navarro, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
"Distribution of the Osteopilus septentrionalis (Cuban Tree Frog) in Puerto Rico"

Top Graduate Student Poster
Kayla Titialii-Torres, University of Kentucky
"Embryonic hyperglycemia causes a reduction in photoreceptor cells and increased oxidative stress in the developing retina"

Top Undergraduate Posters
  • 1st   -   Sarathy Eslinger, Oklahoma State University
    "TNBS Induced Hypermethylation Recruits MeCP2 Binding in GLS Promoter Region"
  • 2nd   -   Cruz Moreno, IUPUI
    "Effects of CX-4945 on Behavior of Male Ts65Dn Down Syndrome Model Mice"
  • 3rd   -   Ryan Kalb,University of Toledo
    "Understanding the effects of hGBP-1 on the mitochondria of Glioblastomas"

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT

Travel award winners and professional session presenters can request travel reimbursement using the form below. Use this to get reimbursed for airfare, baggage, car rental (and fuel), hotel, mileage, taxi/uber/lyft, etc. If unsure, just ask!

Please complete this reimbursement request form by 11/15/2019.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Deb Cole at lsmcecnf@iupui.edu or call 1-317-278-4753.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
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PROCEEDINGS

Keynote Presentations

CLASSROOMS TO CAREERS: LEVERAGING MENTORSHIP AND OPPORTUNITY TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED - Aprille Joy Ericsson, PhD, Aerospace Engineer, Technologist, Project & Program Manager, and New Business Lead for the Instrument Systems and Technology Division; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

LIFE AS A PHYSICIST: THE LIMINAL SPACE WHERE PHYSICS AND LIFE COLLIDE - Jessica Esquivel, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Fermilab

A MESSAGE FROM THE NSF - Sandra Romano, PhD, Program Officer, National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resource, Division of Human Resources Development Presentation

Breakout Session 1

THE WAY OUT: BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS IN STEM EDUCATION - Gail Coover, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisc-AMP

LSAMP WORLDWIDE: HOW TO BUILD, GROW, AND MAINTAIN INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH WITHIN YOUR ALLIANCE - Michael Petro, JD, MS, University of Connecticut Presentation

LEVERAGING IINSPIRE-LSAMP: THE IOWA, ILLINOIS, NEBRASKA STEM PARTNERSHIP TO DEVELOP, SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAMS FOR FOSTERING STEM IDENTITY - Jim Swartz, PhD, Grinnell College, IINSPIRE LSAMP Presentation

BEST PRACTICES IN EVALUATION OF MULTI-SITE LSAMP PROGRAMMING TO DIVERSIFY THE STEM TALENT POOL - Dorinda Gallant, PhD, Ohio State University, Ohio LSAMP Presentation | Handout

FOSTERING EQUITY AND INCLUSION AMONG UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES IN STEM THROUGH STEM CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES - John Fynn, MBA, Polk State College

Breakout Session 2

HELP POSITION YOUR STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS: FROM BECOMING BETTER MENTEES TO GOING INTERNATIONAL - Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez, PhD, University of Kentucky, KY-WV LSAMP Presentation

RESEARCH ON BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF UNDERREPRESENTED STEM MAJORS IN CALCULUS - David Miller, PhD, West Virginia University, KY-WV LSAMP Presentation

UNCOVERING THE THRESHOLD: TAKING SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL FOR INCREASED STUDENT SUCCESS - Tyrslai Williams, PhD, Louisiana State University A&M College, LSAMP

DEVELOPING MINDSETS FOR STEM: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS THAT PROMOTE STUDENT SUCCESS IN STEM - Jhenai Chandler, MS,Santa Fe College, Florida-Caribbean LSRCE

SUPPORTING ACHIEVEMENT IN STEM THROUGH AN INTENTIONAL INTEGRATION OF STORYTELLING - Kasandra Holmes, Valencia College

Breakout Session 3

BROADENING THE PARTICIPATION OF UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES IN THE MATHEMATICS PROGRAMS AT UT ARLINGTON - Tuncay Aktosun, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Systems LSAMP Presentation

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH IN STEM - Denise Y. Yates, MA, NCC, University of Illinois at Chicago; LSAMP NSF International Center of Excellence (NICE)

ACCELERATE YOUR PROFESSIONAL WRITING: USING RESOURCES TO DELIVER A QUALITY LITERATURE REVIEW IN LESS TIME - Sean Stone,Indiana University Presentation | Handout | Worksheet

IUPUI’S MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM - Dennis Rudnick, IUPUI Presentation

BEYOND RETENTION TO DEGREE: CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE APPROACHES TO SUPPORT STUDENTS OF COLOR IN STEM PATHWAYS - Juanita Jasso Hinojosa, MEd, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

THE SCUBA PROGRAM: A POSSIBLE TEMPLATE FOR INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCES - Thomas Ready, Midland College, Texas Systems LSAMP

Bridge to the Doctorate Oral Presentations

SYNTHESIS, CHARACTERIZATION, AND BIOMEDICAL APPLICATION OF FERROCENE-HORMONE COMPLEXES - Mariola M. Flores-Rivera, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, PR-LSAMP BD

DISTRIBUTION OF THE OSTEOPILUS SEPTENTRIONALIS (CUBAN TREE FROG) IN PUERTO RICO - Zabrina Santana-Navarro, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, PR-LSAMP BD

ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC COMPARISON OF REUSABLE AND DISPOSABLE BLOOD PRESSURE CUFFS IN MULTIPLE SETTINGS - Sarah Sanchez, Northeastern University, NE LSAMP BD

GESTURE CONTROLLED VARIABLE STIFFNESS WRIST BRACE - Katiso Mabulu, Northeastern University, NE-LSAMP BD

DETECTION OF ILLICIT AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS DURING SPORTING EVENTS - Zachary Ridge, Oklahoma State, OK-LSAMP BD

ALUMINUM INGESTION IN HONEYBEES: A SUBSPECIES PERSPECTIVE OF EXPOSURE RISK - Ana Chicas-Mosier, Oklahoma State University, OK-LSAMP BD

Student Workshops

PHD? WHY NOT ME! - – Cammi Valdez, PhD,Wellesley College Presentation | Handout | Worksheet

IUPUI’S MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM - Anneka Scott, IUPUI