Center for STEM Education and Research
The Center for STEM Education and Research, housed on the campus of Chicago State University (CSU), is designed to provide support and programming in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for CSU and the surrounding community. CSER strives to increase the pipeline of students entering STEM studies and professions by increasing the educational services and opportunities as well as motivating students, faculty and the community to increase the presence of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.
Established in 1993, the Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is focused on the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ILSAMP represents the Illinois branch of the National Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program.
Confident, well-spoken and knowledgeable are just a few words to describe ILSAMP student Trevor GrandPre. At the 2014 Spring Symposium in STEM, Trevor presented an oral presentation that earned him first place in the Physics category. Having had the honor to sit in on his presentation, I wasn’t surprised. I found out later from Victoria Simek, Associate Director of DePaul University’s STEM Center that, before the conference, GrandPre was debating between an oral and poster presentation, considering an “oral presentation a bit more daunting.” Obviously, Trevor had the ability to rise to the challenge. When talking about Trevor GrandPre, Simek says, “Trevor has been fearless in his academic and research career at DePaul University, seeking out new challenges and making the most of his participation in LSAMP, McNair and his other research endeavors”.