News Release 18-083
NSF awards 6 Louis Stokes regional centers of excellence to broaden participation in STEM
Centers aim to increase STEM workforce participation among traditionally underrepresented groups
September 19, 2018
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced awards for six Louis Stokes regional centers of excellence (LSRCEs) that will support recruitment and retention of minority undergraduate and graduate students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The centers will conduct broadening participation research and STEM implementation activities that lead to degree completion for minority students traditionally underrepresented in the STEM marketplace. The goal is to broadly disseminate successful practices to ensure that students underrepresented in STEM can compete in today's job market. Five of the center awards are new and one is a renewal.
"With national news reporting that more than 2 million science-related jobs remain unfilled, NSF views broadening participation to achieve workforce diversity as a key driver for the nation's economic productivity and societal well-being," said Jermelina Tupas, acting division director of NSF's Human Resource Development Division (HRD).
The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program in HRD funds the centers. LSAMP addresses STEM degree completion for traditionally underrepresented minorities who participate in the program -- primarily at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels..
Eleven collaborative awards comprise the six centers, which are in the eastern, southeastern and midwestern regions of the nation and the U. S. Virgin Islands. The new awards range from $1.5 million for 36 months to $2.5 million for more than 60 months.
Two- and four-year institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities, received center awards, as well as majority-serving institutions and institutions in states that participate in NSF'sEstablished Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research. There also are partnerships with other federal agencies, including NASA and the Department of Energy.
Additionally, the LSRCEs received funding from the NSF INCLUDES program -- one of NSF's "10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment" -- to engage the broader STEM community in the development of the NSF INCLUDES National Network. NSF INCLUDES also recently issued new awards.
The activities of the LSRCEs contribute to the NSF INCLUDES National Network through its coordination hub activities.
The following is a list of the new centers, their collaborating institutions and a brief description of their anticipated activities.
- Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSMRCE),Chicago State University (lead institution), Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis, Ohio State University, Fermi National Laboratory.
LSMRCE is a five-year award that serves as a hub for STEM educational research, dissemination and professional development activities.
- Louis Stokes Florida-Caribbean Regional Center of Excellence in Broadening Participation (FL-C-LSRCE), Santa Fe College (lead institution), University of the Virgin Islands, Columbia University, Stanford Interventions Laboratory at Stanford University.
The FL-C-LSRCE is a three-year award with emphasis on investigating and disseminating evidence-based practices that contribute to student success in STEM at the undergraduate STEM pathway, including community college matriculation and transfer to four-year STEM programs.
- The Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program Regional Center of Excellence in Broadening Participation (FVBP LSRCE), Fisk University.
FVBP LSRCE is a three-year project designed to generate and disseminate new knowledge in the science of broadening participation at the STEM graduate education level.
- Louis Stokes Regional NSF International Center of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSAMP-NICE), Salish Kootenai College (lead institution), Louisiana State University, Jackson State University, University of Illinois-Chicago.
LSAMP-NICE is a five-year center that investigates and disseminates international research experiences and persistence in STEM for traditionally underrepresented minority students.
- Louis Stokes Center for Promotion of Academic Careers through Motivational Opportunities to Develop Emerging Leaders in STEM (LS-PAC MODELS), Louisiana State University.
LS-PAC Models is a five-year mentoring focused, data-driven center, in collaboration with IBM, aimed at developing a national model from undergraduate to STEM doctoral degree to attract, prepare and retain traditionally underrepresented minorities in the STEM workforce.
- Southeastern Coalition for Engagement and Exchange in Nanotechnology Education Louis Stokes Regional Center of Excellence in Broadening Participation (SCENE-LSRCE), Norfolk State University (lead institution), Tidewater Community College, Pennsylvania State University, NASA Langley Research Center, Jefferson National Laboratory Applied Research Center, Eastern Virginia Medical School.
SCENE-LSRCE serves as a three-year pilot disciplinary institute designed to strengthen skills and knowledge in nanoscience through outreach, informal science, curriculum improvement, and dissemination activities at the K-12 to undergraduate STEM pathways.
Established in 1991, LSAMP was designed to increase the participation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Native Pacific Islanders in the STEM workforce.The main goal of the program is to increase STEM degrees in this traditionally underrepresented population.
The LSAMP program provides support to 56 alliances of institutions and other projects that contribute to diversifying STEM talent across the nation.
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8485, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Martha L. James, NSF, (703) 292-7772, email: email@example.com
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