Roosevelt Science Students Attend Conference on Diversity in STEM

Four Roosevelt University science students (pictured left to right): Taneisha Griggs, Brittney Austin, Farah Albatsh, and Victoria Williams, recently attended the annual Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) Conference in Indianapolis, IN with Prof. Amy Zimmerman. This year’s conference theme was Take Action: Reaching Deeper into the Nation’s Diverse Pool of STEM Talent.

LSMCE works to broaden the presence of underrepresented minority students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields by providing student professional development and academic presentation opportunities and by building a network of student scholars. Roosevelt University is a partner institution with LSMCE.

Taneisha, Brittney, Farah and Victoria agreed that attending this regional conference will help them prepare for the rigorous and competitive graduate school application process. In addition to attending research panels and presentations, the students networked with graduate school representatives and recruiters, participated in mock interviews, and had professional headshot photos taken for their portfolios.

“It was wonderful attending the conference with my students,” said Roosevelt biology Prof. Amy Zimmerman. “It was inspirational for us to learn about the measurable positive impact that the LSMCE and broader LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) programs have had on increasing the number of STEM graduates through their comprehensive support.”

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