Life STEM Workshop: A Capacity-Building Opportunity For Minority-Serving Institutions and other STEM Education Research Organizations
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Workshop Dates: June 12th-13th, 2017 

University Center Ballroom

1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125


The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network and MERAssociates, LLC (MERA) invite you to participate in capacity building workshops designed to help minority-serving institutions, and other research organizations, learn about and share effective models of intervention that will broaden participation of underrepresented minority students in STEM fields, particularly in life science and bioscience. The workshops will provide excellent opportunities for sharing best practices about preparing and retaining underrepresented minority students in STEM fields, developing networking to promote collaborative and/or interdisciplinary research, and learning about funding opportunities across the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Acknowledgment of Support: NSF Award DRL-1739139

The Xavier University workshop will feature sessions led by national experts in STEM education research and academic-focused interventions for improving STEM education from the early grades through the undergraduate level. NSF Program Officers will be available throughout the workshops to offer technical assistance and support. 

For additional information, including workshop agenda, speakers, and resources please click here

To participate, registrants must sign up as a 3-4 member institutional team whose members must include faculty/administrator representation from life science or biosciences. Specifically,  team members must include: (1) a STEM dean or chair; (2) a STEM faculty member; (3) an SPO/SRO with administrative authority over grants and sponsored programs; and, if possible, (4) an educational researcher or social/behavioral scientist, knowledgeable of various frameworks and methods of analysis. It is expected that at least 100 participants comprising approximately 30 institutional teams will attend each workshop. Participant support will cover costs associated with travel, ground transportation, lodging, meals, and a participant stipend for each team member pursuant to allowable limits in accordance with federal and state guidelines.



If you have further questions, feel free to contact the workshop organizers at or (504) 520-7527.


We look forward to seeing you soon!   

Workshop Organizers:
Florastina Payton-Stewart & Shubha K. Ireland, Workshop Coordinators
Kristina Wilcox, Administrative Specialist

 This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Award DRL-1739139. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Workshop Coordinators

(504) 520-7527