STEM Summer Scholars Institute Poster Presentation and Luncheon, Fri., Jul. 26

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Participants of the 2013 IU-HBCU STEM Summer Scholars Institute will complete their summer program on Friday, July 26, with a closing luncheon at Hine Hall on the Indianapolis campus. Students, family members, faculty mentors, and university administrators and staff will be present to support these future researchers. Prior to the luncheon, students will present posters of their summer research. Faculty members from the partner institutions have been invited to attend the poster presentation and closing luncheon.

This was the seventh consecutive summer that the IU-HBCU STEM Initiative hosted the STEM Summer Scholars Institute. A total of 25 students participated; 19 students came from our partner institutions and six students from the Bloomington campus. These students began the summer with orientation activities designed to bond students together for their summer of research; we had an additional 21 students from School of Informatics Summer Research Opportunity in Computing (SROC) join us for the orientation activities. Students arrived on Friday, May 31, for the weekend at Bradford Woods. As one student commented, "I really enjoyed my time here. The activities were really effective in allowing me and my peers to learn more about each other before we start our research."

On Sunday, June 2, five students went to the IUPUI campus and remaining students went to the Bloomington campus to settle in campus apartments. On Monday, June 3, the students met their mentors at welcome luncheons on each campus and then were escorted to the summer labs. Of the 25 participants in the 2013 Summer Scholars Institute, eight were returning for a second year.

During the course of the summer, scholars stayed in campus apartments and had access to student recreation facilities, computing systems, research labs, campus bus service, and dining facilities. Students had numerous opportunities to gather as a group at:

  • GRE seminars
  • Wednesday research seminars
  • Poster presentation skills training
  • Research symposium at IU Bloomington
  • Historical preservations trip
  • Kings Island trip

The 2013 Summer Scholars represented the following institutions (numbers from each represented in parentheses): Bennett College for Women (1), Hampton University (1), Indiana University Bloomington (5), Jackson State University (10), Morgan State University (1), North Carolina A&T State University (3), North Carolina Central University (1), and Xavier University of Louisiana (1). There was also a student this year from Howard University.

In addition, there were nine students who were part of the IU School of Informatics and Computing affiliated program. Five former Summer Scholars Institute participants–Crystal Boston-Clay, Robyn Evans, Byron Gipson, Ginger White, and Delawrence Sykes, who are also enrolled in the Ph.D. programs at Indiana University–served as ambassadors and mentors for the 2013 institute participants.

More information about the program can be found at the STEM Summer Scholars Institute website.