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When Kristen Lewis arrived in Bloomington, Indiana., several summers ago, she was expecting to learn about scientific principles. Little did she know she'd learn a lot more than that.

Lewis, who was working on her masters degree in chemical computation at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., came to the Indiana University campus to participate in the Summer Scholars Institute. Summer Scholars was . . .


Indiana University Wins $1.6M Grant from Department of Navy for STEM Education

Indiana University, August, 2015: Indiana University has been awarded a $1.66M, 5-year grant from the Department of Navy to develop a robust and innovative model to train diverse STEM researchers at Indiana University in partnership with an alliance of minority serving institutions (MSI). The initiative is aimed at strengthening the pipeline of graduates with the preparation and interest needed to pursue STEM careers by inspiring, engaging, and educating the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Indiana University’s MSI STEM model will capitalize on existing strengths of the university’s STEM academic departments, including the addition of engineering degrees at IU Bloomington, the individuated nature of education at MSIs; an engaged, proactive faculty; and the university’s success in developing specialized research programs with diverse participants. “The importance of preparing new talent for the STEM fields remains a national priority and Indiana University is well positioned to take a lead in developing a model that will expand student research opportunities as well as strengthen the future STEM workforce,” said lead project investigator Dr. James Wimbush, Indiana University’s vice president for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.


Sarah Larson
Program Coordinator
IU-MSI STEM Initiative
Indiana University

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