Free IU Northwest summer STEM camp for teens begins July 30

High school students from underrepresented minority groups encouraged to apply

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Indiana University Northwest invites teens from underrepresented minority groups to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at a free STEM Summer Camp from July 30 through August 1.

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will learn how exciting a STEM career can be through hands-on activities and experiments in biology, chemistry, computer information systems, informatics, math, and geology.

The camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 30 through August 1 on the campus. Materials and lunch are provided.

“Last year’s camp was a roaring success with 45 students participating in Chess, the Chemistry of Smells, the Biology of Smells, Mystery Architecture, and Computer Coding,” said Bhaskara Kopparty, director of the STEM Summer Camp. “This is a tremendous opportunity for students looking to pursue these fields because the activities are led by faculty members who are current in their fields of research and dedicated to providing excellent STEM education.”

Kopparty said there is a shortage of underrepresented minority students pursuing STEM fields. The camp, made possible by the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, is designed to address that shortage and boost the number of STEM graduates.

To learn more, call 219-980-6740. Or, email lsampiun@iun.edu. To register, visit https://www.iun.edu/stemcamp/index.htm. The registration deadline is July 22.

About the Summer Camp

The camp is made possible by an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of the award is to significantly increase the number of historically underrepresented minorities receiving baccalaureate degrees in STEM.

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is leading the $4.8 million Indiana STEM Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) initiative. The alliance is comprised of six institutions across Indiana, Ball State University, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Northwest, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana University South Bend, and Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis.

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is designed to substantially increase the quantity and quality of students, especially underrepresented students, who study STEM disciplines. LSAMP offers identified STEM majors who qualify the opportunity to receive a stipend while conducting research in their major.

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