Indiana University is made up of eight campuses statewide. Most offer several graduate degrees and all together support around 17,000 graduate students. Our flagship campus is in picturesque Bloomington, Indiana. Our medical school and many other graduate degrees are housed at our city campus, Indiana University - Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Changing the Face of STEM: LSAMP/AGEP research conference

The 3rd Annual LSAMP/AGEP Joint Research Conference was held on Nov. 9 - 10, 2007 at the Indiana University Memorial Union-Bloomington. This year's conference theme, "Changing the Face of STEM", provided a forum where undergraduate and graduate students could present their research to faculty and peers. Administrators and program staff disseminated best practices and strategies to help in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students. Last semester's conference had a record setting attendance of 114 students and 72 faculty and administrators.

Workshops included

  • Grad School Unplugged: What to expect (Michael Thompson, Indiana University, Mariah Veit, Purdue, and Melvin Daniels, Northwestern University)
  • Balancing life and Academia (Dean Carol McCord)
  • Cultural Competency (Dr. Monica Medina, Indiana University Purdue University)
  • Funding Opportunities for Grad School (Dr. Pamella Shaw, AGEP/LSAMP director, Indiana University Purdue University)
  • Diversity Matters in the Classroom (Dr. Cheryl Judice, Northwestern University)
  • Life as a Postdoc
  • Writing Personal Statements and CVs
  • Pros of Academia and Industry Careers

One student commented: "I really enjoyed the diversity session with Dr. Cheryl Judice, [Northwestern University AGEP Director]. The group had a very engaging discussion and the session revealed many challenges that a person of color can face in the classroom, either as a teacher or student."