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Innovative STEM Conference (ISC): Outreaching to Underrepresented Minorities in an Effort to Increase their Participation in STEM Research

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Build Diversity in Engineering Graduate Programs

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Minorities in Engineering

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22.884.1 - 22.884.5



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Carl White Morgan State University

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In 1987, Dr. Carl White joined Morgan State University's School of Engineering in Baltimore, Maryland, as an assistant professor. He is currently the Associate Dean for Research & Development and Graduate/Professional Programs, as well as a full professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Dr. White has over ten years of experience in the management of funded research, both technical and educational. Dr. White’s most recent award was from NASA’s University Research Center program to establish the Center of Excellence in Systems Engineering for Space Exploration Technologies. As the Associate Dean for Morgan State University’s School of Engineering, Dr. White’s primary tasks are to provide support for the research endeavors conducted by faculty and associate researchers within the School of Engineering, to oversee the quality of the graduate program offerings, and to manage recruitment and retention programs in order to establish and sustain a pipeline of quality engineering graduate students and research professionals.

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Clifton Sean Martin Innovative STEM Foundation (ISF)

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The Dean of STEM Programs at Bluford Drew Jemison Academy is Mr. Clifton Martin, who received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and is presently working on his Doctorate Degree in Math Education. Mr. Martin has worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as a Power System Engineer. He has taught high school Mathematics in the Baltimore City Public School System as well as Mathematics at several colleges and universities. Just before coming to BDJ, Mr. Martin worked for the Maryland State Department of Education as a Regional Coordinator for Career and Technology Education, where he assisted many local school systems with their implementation and management of pre-engineering and technology programs.

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Maisha Drew Innovative STEM Foundation

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Maisha Drew is the Vice President of the Innovative STEM Foundation (ISF). She has received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Engineering from Morgan State Univeristy and is presently working on her Doctorate Degree in Engineering Education.

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Givon Forbes Innovative STEM Foundation (ISF)

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Givon Forbes is the Communications Officer for the Innovative STEM Foundation (ISF). He is currently an engineering major at Morgan State University's School of Engineering. He graduated from the Science and Technology program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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ASEE MIND Focus Area:  Attracting young MINDS - outreach and recruitment of minority engineering students (including K-12);Innovative STEM Conference (ISC): Outreaching toUnderrepresented Minorities in an Effort to Increase theirparticipation in STEM Research The U.S pipeline of K-12 students that are interested in STEM majors and/or careers is thirsting for diversity. There is a gross deficit of minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups currently in the pipeline to becoming STEM professionals. The benefits of a more diverse pipeline, including different perspectives and approaches, have been well-documented. Outreaching to these underrepresented groups in order to add them to the STEM pipeline requires innovative recruitment with inventive methods and strategies. The Innovative STEM Conference (ISC) was created to help diversify our country’s STEM pipeline by outreaching to underrepresented minorities in an effort to increase their participation in STEM research. The ISC is a national conference that is designed to strategically inspire, engage, expose, and educate students, specifically a large contingency of underrepresented students, to become the next generation of STEM professionals. The ISC consists of five major components: the Pre-Conference Day, Expo, Urban Roundtable for STEM (URSTEM), and two symposiums: the Maryland-regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (MDJSHS) and the Innovative STEM Symposium (ISS). The two symposiums serve as a platform for middle school, high school and college students to present the research they have conducted and to observe the research that their peers are conducting. The ISC will feature cool gadgets, motivational speakers, and smart technology that will excite students about the potential of STEM. There are also dynamic workshops, distinguished panelists, and information sessions that will informand educate about the requirements and STEM’svalue in our society. Research opportunities,scholarships, corporate and academic informationalbooths are also available for conference attendees totake advantage of. During the three years of theconference, survey results have shown a significantincrease in underrepresented groups participating inhigh-level research, as well as a total increase ofminorities participating in the conference.

White, C., & Martin, C. S., & Drew, M., & Forbes, G. (2011, June), Innovative STEM Conference (ISC): Outreaching to Underrepresented Minorities in an Effort to Increase their Participation in STEM Research Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18184

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