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2018 LSMCE Annual Conference News

We are disappointed to report that LSMCE will not be hosting an annual conference in 2018 due to the end of the pilot project. However, we hope to bring back the annual conference starting in October 2019. Tentatively, hold the dates of October 18-20, 2019 in Indianapolis.

In lieu of the conference, we have partnered with Eaton Corporation to bring you a Technical Open House and Poster Session (see more info below). In addition, we want to share other opportunities for STEM scholars and faculty mentors to participate in a conference experience this year. Fara Williams, Director of the KY-WV LSAMP shared this poster of STEM Opportunities.

Also, for those in the Midwest, we encourage you to attend to the inaugural Indiana STEM LSAMP Conference, which will be held in Indianapolis, October 19, 2018. Details are included below!

Hosted in Collaboration with LSMCE and Eaton Corporation 

Friday, November 2, 2018   |   Eaton Innovation Center   |  Southfield, MI

Eaton STEM Day and Poster Session

We are pleased to announce that LSMCE has partnered with Eaton Corporation, a leader in power management technologies, to host a technology open house and poster session on Friday, November 2, 2018, at the Eaton Innovation Center in Southfield, Michigan.

This is an opportunity for underrepresented minority students in STEM to showcase their scholarly work and talents, practice their presentation skills, and connect with corporate representatives in an intimate setting. Poster presenters compete for cool tech gear like 3-D printers and drones.

Faculty and staff mentors are invited to connect, exchange knowledge and develop relationships among the community in academic and industry peers working to broaden participation.

SPREAD THE WORD!  Please share the Tech Open House Flyer with colleagues and peers in STEM. 

RSVP! This is a FREE event and open to all STEM majors and faculty/staff mentors in the community but you must register by Monday, October 2, 2018. REGISTER TODAY!

PRESENT! Undergraduate and graduate STEM students are encouraged to submit a proposal for the competitive poster session. Submit your proposal when you RSVP

Visit the Website for registration, agenda and travel information.

Friday, October 19, 2018   |   Indianapolis, IN

Indiana STEM LSAMP Conference

Join higher education faculty, administrators, and staff across Indiana who are leading the efforts to increase participation of underrepresented minority (URM) students receiving STEM degrees. This one day conference includes keynote presenters sharing success stories, interactive workshops for undergraduate students building professional science identities, how to seminars on preparing for graduate school, as well as opportunities to build your STEM network. STEM students are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations. Top abstract submissions will be selected for oral presentations. Register today!
Abstract submission deadline is September 14, 2018!

SAVE THE DATE! February 19-21, 2019

NSF LSAMP PIs and Directors Conference

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) will hold its Principal Investigators/Project Directors meeting during the week of February 18, 2019.   The meeting will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC.  The venue will be the host site for the LSAMP, Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) grantee communities with joint plenary sessions planned during the week.

LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Student Track:  BD student programming will commence on Thursday evening (February 21, 2019) with a poster session in conjunction with the HBCU-UP sponsored Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN).   LSAMP participants are welcome to remain for the full ERN conference which runs from Thursday evening to Saturday, February 23, 2019, however, accommodations will be limited for the Friday and Saturday activities.

Registration links will be available via the AAAS and the Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE) websites from September 2018 through January 2019.

Since the last PI meeting in 2012, new alliances have joined the program, including new Bridge-to-the-Baccalaureate (B2Bs) alliances. Join us for news about the LSAMP program and meet new members of the LSAMP community, learn about NSF funding priorities and grant policies.  More importantly, participants are encouraged to lead or join sessions to further the discussion on broadening participation.  

If you have questions about the PI meeting, please email

Download the Save the Date Announcement

Wednesday, August 15, 2018   |   3-4pm  EDT 

WEBINAR: NSF LSAMP Funding Opportunities for FY2019

National Science Foundation
Division of Human Resource Development
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
Funding opportunities for fiscal year 2019 will be addressed for new proposers.  An overview of all funding opportunities will be provided. 

Registration for the webinar is required. Register
After your request has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the meeting.

For additional information, please email


Indiana STEM LSAMP Student Ties for 1st Place at 2018 ERN Conference

Congratulations to Ms. Celia Ochoa for her first place poster award at the 2018 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM! Ms. Celia Ochoa is a LSAMP scholar at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and you can learn more about her experience on winning the award posted on the IN LSAMP website:


Tips that Work! Advice from Award-winning STEM Mentors

The secrets of successful mentoring relationships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields inspired a lively and insightful discussion during a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored webinar. The webinar, entitled “Tips That Work! Advice from Award-Winning STEM Mentors”, featured Dr. Juan Gilbert (University of Florida) and Dr. Sheila Humphreys (University of California, Berkeley), both recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering (PAESMEM) and their mentees, discussing the importance of STEM mentoring and how it relates to closing the gaps in the future U.S. STEM workforce.

The PAESMEM program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the highest honor bestowed upon mentors who work to expand talent in the STEM fields. Please visit for a listing of the new awardees, some of whom are members of the LSAMP community.

Here is a recap of the webinar discussion that highlights the important insights shared during the talk:

Graduate Funding

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply. Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Available Formats:


Chicago State University Seeking STEM Center Staff

Chicago State University is seeking applicants to fill two positions in the Center for STEM Education & Research. 
CSER Student Coordinator   |   STEM Academic Specialist


Argonne Education Seeking STEM Curriculum Writer

Argonne Education is looking for a full-time STEM Curriculum Writer for an NSF Grant. Ideal candidates have a strong background in curriculum and instruction, NGSS and computational thinking. This cutting-edge project is integrating computational thinking skills into a middle school weather unit through students exploring large data sets.
Apply Today!  
Job ID:  404820
Job Title:  STEM Curriculum Writer
Job Details Link:


In case you missed the live recording, here are links to the latest webinars:
  • "Translating Research to Practice: Exploring Hispanic-serving Community Colleges STEM Pathways" - presented by Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher and the research team from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Recorded Webinar
  • "Social Media Campaigns for Dissemination and Recruitment for LSAMP and Other Diversity Programs" - presented by Dr. Alec Gates, Executive Director and PI, Garden State LSAMP.  Recorded Webinar
  • "Evaluation Best Practices for LSAMP Alliances" - presented by Drs. Frances Carter-Johnson and Sarah-Kay McDonald, National Science Foundation  Recorded Webinar
  • "Broadening Participation Focus: Preparing a Diverse Generation of Community College STEM Educators" - presented by Dr. Ben Flores, Texas System LSAMP Director and PAESMEM (2008).  Recorded Webinar
All recorded webinars can be found on the LSMCE website:

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Questions? Have an Opportunity to Share?

Contact: Deb Cole
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