LSAMP IINSPIRE Project: Teaching and Program Resources

The IINspire-LSAMP mission is to develop a model for Midwest colleges and universities to attract the states' growing under-represented minority population into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and to attract students from other regions to STEM education opportunities in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. To support the mission of this program, IINspire-LSAMP offers a variety of opportunities and resources to assist faculty and program directors in helping students succeed.

Professional development

Group work
Workshops

The ideas offered on these pages stem from a series of LSAMP-IINSPIRE workshops. Learn more about these workshops as well as about opportunities you can participate. Read more...

Student Learning Online
Webinars

Information on LSAMP-IINSPIRE webinars and related materials. Learn more about these webinars and how you can participate. Read more...

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Student Study Group
Summer Bridge Programs

Summer bridge programs are an effective way to increase incoming students' confidence and basic skills required for success in STEM fields. Explore descriptions of summer bridge programs, including an in-depth view of 2 summer bridge programs and read summaries of several summer bridge programs offered by colleges and universities across the U.S. Read more...

Region "O" Council for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering Jamboree
Building Community

Explore a comprehensive compilation of resources about building community from a variety of projects. Find information about building community at the program level, building community through teaching approaches, and building community through faculty/student interactions. The page also presents information specific to building community in 2-year colleges. At whatever level it is addressed, building community is an important part of attracting and retaining students in the STEM fields, particularly students who are historically under-represented in STEM. Read more...

Virginia Tech Students
Supporting the Whole Student

Robust support is critical to recruiting and retaining students. Explore the types of support that students may need, get ideas for how to build a network using a team approach, and peruse ideas for overcoming common challenges such as time constraints and funding difficulties. Read more...

Arachnophobe or Fan? The STEM Spiders Science workshop for High School students was held on Dec. 1, 2012.
Using Societal Issues to Recruit and Retain STEM Students

Societal issues provide a mechanism for engaging students in STEM and can help students bridge what they learn in class to the real-world, and potentially lead them to pursue a career in STEM. Learn about how to use societal issues to connect students to their community, with example programs as a guide. Read more...

Authentic Inquiry and Research-like Experiences

Authentic inquiry and research-like experiences can provide bridge classroom knowledge with hands-on approaches to explore STEM-related issues. These experiences can engage students in the material as well as can build students' experience with research methods, critical thinking, quantitative skills, and communication skills. In turn, they may also lead to a STEM-related career by providing the requisite skills or opening a network of contacts for students. Read more...

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