LSMCE Partnership Aims to Advance Minority Students in STEM
April 2, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Building upon a shared interest in broadening participation of
underrepresented minority students in STEM fields, Illinois Wesleyan University has
partnered with the Louis Stokes Midwest Center for Excellence (LSMCE).
The LSMCE consists of a network of institutions with a main focus on increasing the
involvement of minority students at the baccalaureate level and beyond in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Through this network –
which also includes a research partnership with Argonne National Laboratory – eligible
students can participate in workshops, gain access to internships at government laboratories
and attend an annual conference for research and professional development.
“We are excited to have this new collaboration as we think about the ways IWU can
best support our underrepresented students in STEM,” said Illinois Wesleyan Assistant
Professor of Biology Loralyn Cozy, who serves as the LSMCE faculty liaison. “The partnership
with LSMCE is aimed at strengthening Illinois Wesleyan’s commitment to diversity and
inclusion in STEM and to creating new opportunities for the University's underrepresented
Illinois Wesleyan faculty members will draw from LSMCE’s resources in their work to
recruit and retain minority students in STEM. Faculty will benefit from a multi-campus
support system as they design programming and apply for grants to promote underrepresented
students on campus.