Broadening Participation in Action
A series of presentations, interactive sessions, and workshops are designed to broaden student participation in STEM disciplines. The LSMCE conference provides an effective and supportive environment for students to learn about opportunities and pathways in STEM and gain exposure to professional development.
Building a Community of Scholars
The conference offers a platform for students, staff, faculty, and administrators from the LSMCE and LSAMP communities to network with other students, peers, and mentors from higher education institutions. As the LSMCE 2016 conference welcomed more than 375 attendees from more than 100 colleges and universities, we anticipate nearly 500 attendees at the 2017 conference.
Peer-Mentoring in Action
The conference provides a unique opportunity for LSAMP graduates and Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellows to develop peer-mentoring skills by participating in panel discussions about their academic journey and presenting oral presentations of their research. In addition, undergraduate students will participate in an interactive professional development session, where first-time conference attendees are paired with seasoned conference participants who provide friendly advice on conference activities and the art of networking with peers and faculty mentors.
Faculty Mentoring in Action
The competitive poster session offers junior researchers and faculty the opportunity to converse with students by providing feedback on the scientific merits of the student research, the presentation of the research data, and include a personal note of encouragement.
In addition, junior faculty will have several opportunities to network with senior alliance leaders and other thought leaders in the higher education STEM community.
Professional Development Skills in Action
As a follow-up to the 2016 Conference, extended learning opportunities will be made available to students. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to attend LSMCE virtual learning sessions with Brian Thomas of KIPNspire. The live lessons feature invited speakers from the Bridge-to-the-Doctorate (BD) Fellows program among others. Each session will be recorded and placed on the LSMCE website for on-demand access.
The professional development lessons include both hard and soft skills related to professional networking, presenting oneself, developing a research poster, and presenting research. During the conference, students have the opportunity to practice these skills through networking sessions, interactive workshops, and in poster and oral presentations.
Recorded Learning Sessions: http://lsmce.org/library