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IU-MSI STEM Initiative

About the IU-MSI STEM Initiative

The IU-MSI STEM Initiative is an academic and research partnership between Indiana University and multiple Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) that promotes and develops the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

The IU-MSI STEM Initiative's vision is to establish long-term, mutually beneficial, highly interactive relationships between Indiana University and the Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), which result in:

  • Increasing numbers of underrepresented minority graduate students, scholars and professionals in the STEM disciplines.
  • Increased research capacity through faculty collaborations.
  • Expanded research funding opportunities.
  • Enriched academic experiences through exchanges of faculty.


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The IU-MSI STEM Initiative has four objectives:

  • Provide additional substantive STEM research opportunities for MSI and IU students.
  • Provide increased access for MSI students to IU graduate programs in the STEM disciplines.
  • Encourage collaborative research between IU and MSI faculty members in the STEM disciplines.
  • Develop faculty relationships which enrich the academic opportunities of the participating institutions through:
    • "Visiting Scholars" Programs
    • Faculty Exchanges
    • Faculty Research Institutes


Dr. Adam Herbert, the first African-American president of Indiana University, conceived the IU-MSI STEM Initiative which the university partners launched in 2007. Dr. Herbert saw the Initiative as a way to:

  • Increase diversity at IU.
  • Enhance the ability to attract grants both at IU and at MSIs.
  • Enhance both MSI and IU's capacities through the sharing of resources.

Two senior IU administrators co-chaired the development of the Initiative:

  • Dr. Charles Bantz, Executive Vice President IU and Chancellor of IUPUI
  • Dr. Charlie Nelms, Vice President of Institutional Development and Student Affairs

About 70 faculty members and administrators from the IU and MSI partners contributed to the IU-MSI STEM Initiative planning process.

The Barthwell Group, a management consultant firm, assisted in developing the concept for the IU-MSI STEM Initiative and coordinating its implementation.


Sarah Larson
Program Coordinator
IU-MSI STEM Initiative
Indiana University

Dr. Jack L. Schmit
Assistant Dean, University Graduate School
Coordinator, IU-MSI STEM Initiative