Panel: Community College to 4-Year Institution Success Stories and Best Practices


20150707_Embrace_Mag_Kim_Nguyen-138Kim Nguyen, Ed.D., Co-Lead, Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. Nguyen is a Co- Principal Investigator of the Pilot Regional Louis Stokes Center: Midwest Center of Excellence. She has also serves as Principal Investigator of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. She is the founding director for operations of the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE). Prior to joining the IU School of Education, Dr. Nguyen served as Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management in the Purdue School of Science.




cbentonImagineChuck Benton, Ph.D., Biology Instructor, Madison College

Dr. Benton was awarded his doctoral degree in physiology with minors in nutrition and poultry science in 1999 from North Carolina State University. He is currently an instructor of Biology at Madison College, a community college located in Madison, WI. Dr. Benton partners with math instructor Bethany Sansing-Helton in the administration of the Madison College WiscAMP Scholars Program. This program is designed to increase the number of underrepresented students who transfer to four-year institutions to pursue baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields. Dr. Benton also serves as a mentor in the college’s Minority Male Mentoring Scholars Program.


Davis-LoweEda Davis-Lowe, Director, LSAMP Bridges to Baccalaureate (B2B) Project, Valencia College, CFSA

Ms. Davis-Lowe, in her current role, facilitates project implementation, evaluation and reporting for Lake-Sumter State College, Seminole State College, and Valencia College. Recently, the Central Florida STEM Alliance received recognition as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education. Prior to Valencia, Ms. Davis-Lowe served for more than 11 years at Oregon State University as Director of The Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) Program, during which time she accepted a program award for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).



RandleMaia Randle, Ph.D., Chemistry Instructor, Columbus State Community College, OHLSAMP

Dr. Randle received her doctoral degree in chemistry from The University of Akron in Akron, OH.  She is currently an Instructor of Chemistry at Columbus State Community College.  She also serves as the college’s LSAMP Principal Investigator, LSAMP Coordinator, and LSAMP Faculty Mentor in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing undergraduate STEM degrees.  In addition, Dr. Randle works with the Columbus State Honors Program to develop and teach honors chemistry courses, and to assist honors students in conducting interdisciplinary research.


Ken SimonsonKenneth Simonson, Director, Academics for Emerging Ethic Engineers Program, University of Cincinnati, OHLSAMP

Mr. Simonson is the Director of Academics for the Emerging Ethnic Engineers Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science.  He also serves as the Campus Director for Ohio LSAMP at the university and as an adjunct instructor in the Africana Studies Department.



TimU. Sunday Tim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University; Faculty Leader, IINspire LSAMP

Dr. U Sunday Tim is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University and faculty leader for the IINspire LSAMP, an alliance of institutions in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. He received his B.Eng. and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Concordia University in Montreal,Canada. Dr. Tim held a postdoctoral appointment at Virginia Polytechnic Institute before joining ISU faculty. He has directed two NSF-supported projects: An REU site program in the biogeosciences and a GEO Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity program that engaged URM students from community colleges in faculty-mentored research experiences.



Nancy WoodsNancy A. Woods, Ph.D., Professor of Physics & Mathematics, Des Moines Area Community College, Boone Campus, IINspire LSAMP

Dr. Nancy Woods has been a professor of Physics and Mathematics at the Boone Campus of Des Moines Area Community College for over 30 years.  Nancy is the DMACC STEM Coordinator; she advises the Boone Campus STEM Club and PTK Chapter.  Nancy has 7 children and lives in Boone, Iowa.




Vicentica ValdesVicentica Valdes, Physics Instructor/LSAMP Coordinator, Onondaga Community College, ULSAMP

Vicentica Valdes received her MS in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA and her BS in nuclear engineering from University of California – Berkeley.  She is currently a Physics Instructor at Onondaga Community College.  She also serves as the college’s LSAMP Coordinator (Upstate LSAMP).  As a coordinator, Ms. Valdes works primarily to increase student participation in research activities and transfer to four-year institutions in STEM.