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March 21, 2018
Students in Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering & Science watch their professor conduct an experiment during a lab.

Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering and Science and the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) recently signed a collaborative agreement to increase the number of under-represented minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Together, along with other universities, the institutions will collaborate to increase student success and retention of under-represented groups in STEM to help address the nation’s critical need for scientists and engineers.

“The College of Engineering & Science is excited to work with Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) to provide additional support to attract a diverse student population to the excellent STEM programs available at Detroit Mercy, as well as assisting in resources to help attract diverse candidates for faculty searches,” said Katherine Snyder, Ph.D., interim dean of University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science.

“This partnership, along with the NIH supported ReBUILDetroit program have enabled us to provide high impact practices that combine experiential learning with faculty mentoring to create a supportive culturally sensitive environment that benefits faculty and students alike,” Snyder added.

The LSMCE will serve as a national hub of information for scholars to access data, models, and funding opportunities in broadening participation of underrepresented minority (URM) students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

“LSMCE will connect Detroit Mercy with evidence-based resources, ideas and guidance that would result in substantial increases of underrepresented minority students receiving STEM degrees from Detroit Mercy,” said Dr. Kim Nguyen, LSMCE co-director and director for Statewide and Regional Collaborations, STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute (SEIRI) at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

The Center will begin assisting 28 Midwestern non-LSAMP schools with developing strategies to improve their URM students’ performance, persistence and success in STEM at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Additionally, the Center will begin assisting 28 Midwestern non-LSAMP schools with developing strategies to improve their URM students’ performance, persistence and success in STEM degree programs and provide opportunities for their faculty and students to participate in STEM activities including workshops/conferences, webinars and research internships. 

The Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence

The Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence was created in 2012 to communicate best practices, tools, and information garnered from the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) consortium to a broader audience. For more, visit http://lsmce.org/.

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