The Ohio LSAMP Alliance Attends the 2015 LSMCE Annual Conference

LSMCE attendees

The Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) hosted the third annual conference on October 23-25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference included over 275 guests in total, representing 14 alliances nationwide, and nearly 140 undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to present their research during a poster forum.

 Daniel Moussa
Daniel Moussa

Twelve students from The Ohio LSAMP Alliance attended this year’s conference including The Ohio State University seniors Daniel Moussa (Biomedical Science) and Beth Statler (Biology), who presented their research during the poster forum. The conference also included student professional development workshops, a career fair, and opportunities to network with graduate program directors and Bridge-to-Doctorate principal investigators.

Beth Statler
Beth Statler

The LSMCE Annual Conference was also a wonderful opportunity for faculty and staff from the alliances to connect and participate in workshops fitting this year’s theme, “Accelerating Diverse Talent Along the STEM Pipeline.” Personnel from The Ohio LSAMP Alliance led several of the workshops offered this year. Alliance Director Dr. Barbara Fink presented “Building a Community of Scholars: Results of the Annual Survey of The Ohio LSAMP Alliance.” Tyler Cole, Program Manager, introduced an Access database used by The Ohio LSAMP Alliance in his demonstration-based workshop. Steering committee members Dr. Maia Randle (Columbus State Community College) and Ken Simonson (University of Cincinnati) were part of a panel on “Community College to 4-Year Institution Success Stories and Best Practices.” They were able to share some of the innovative programming being implemented in The Ohio LSAMP Alliance to smooth the transition of community college students to four-year institutions.

For more information and to access conference presentations, please visit http://lsmceconference.org/