Students Invited to Present at 2017 Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence Conference

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

As part of our Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridges to Baccalaureate program, an enthusiastic group of nine students and project staff, representing the Central Florida STEM Alliance, traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the fifth annual conference of the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE). Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, in collaboration with Chicago State University and Argonne National Laboratory, hosted this year’s conference. The conference theme, Take Action: Reaching Deeper into the Nation’s Diverse Pool of STEM Talent, reflected the mission and commitment of LSMCE to expand the talent pool of underrepresented minority students poised to diversify the STEM workforce. Conference attendance exceeded 400 students, faculty, staff and agency personnel.

From Valencia, five student participants who attended the conference were invited to present their research. They joined 128 other LSAMP students from across the country whose abstracts were accepted for presentation during the conference. Osceola students Belinda Joseph and Myriam Velez Ramos presented their research involving nanomaterials and bioacoustics, respectively. While not a presenter, Osceola student Victor Roman also attended the conference and described it as “truly a life-changing experience.”

In addition to the poster session, the conference offered a student-track focused on professional skills development. Brian Thomas of KIPNspire Group facilitated the student track at the conference.

For each of the students, attending the 2017 LSMCE Conference was a sound investment for the future.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts

    Summer STEM Institute Starts July 25

    Thursday, June 30, 2022 Do you teach new Valencia College students who are interested in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics discipline? If so, encourage them to sign up for the Summer STEM Institute. As a part of our National Science Foundation grant, coordinated through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, the Summer […]

    Valencia Brain Bowl and Team Coach Recognized

    Left to right: Assistant Coach Sean Platzer, visting professor, humanities; Marli Watson; Xander Dillman-Meyers; Rohan Khelani; and Coach Chris Borglum, professor, English (not pictured Kimi Wright) Wednesday, April 6, 2022 A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses The Valencia Brain Bowl team took fifth place at the virtual Community College Championship […]