About The Center for STEM Education and Research

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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.
Louis Stokes played a pivotal role in the quest for civil rights, equality and social and economic justice throughout his tenure in the United States Congress. He was the first African American member of Congress from the State of Ohio and served 15 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and founder and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. When Mr. Stokes retired, he became the first African American in the history of the U.S. Congress to retire having completed 30 years in office. Mr. Stokes dedication to elevating the opportunities and prospects for underrepresented minorities is great motivation for the Center for STEM Education and Research. His trailblazing legacy is one that we honor as we work toward creating a highly qualified, diverse STEM workforce.
STEM is an acronym for the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The STEM initiative focuses on increasing interest and participation in these fields of study, creating the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers. The goal is to produce a talent pool of students who are ready to embark on 21st century careers with global outreach. CSER is proud to provide education, support, research opportunities and programs that particularly impact underrepresented minorities as they pursue degrees and careers in these high demand fields.
The Center for STEM Education and Research provides an array of programs that allow students of all ages to be positively affected by science, technology, engineering and math. Through our programs, students are given hands on experiences in STEM fields and learn from STEM professionals in an environment that motivates them toward pursuit of STEM careers.

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Program Executive Director Dr. Leroy Jones II
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Associate Director Dr. Crystal Porter
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