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IU Northwest hosts free 3-day summer STEM camp for teens

High school students from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply

Indiana University Northwest invites teens to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at a free STEM Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, August 5 through Wednesday, Aug. 7. Students from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

Last year, 45 students participated in such lessons as Bridges, the Chemistry Behind Air Bags, Smells, the Biology of the Heart, Mathematical Brain Teasers, and Build Your Own Video Game. Similar activities are planned for the 2019 camp.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in the STEM fields,” said Professor of Computer Information Systems and STEM Summer Camp Director Bhaskara Kopparty. “It’s unique because all activities are led by faculty members who are currently conducting research in their respective fields and are 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.

Materials, lunch, and a T-shirt are provided. To learn more, call 219-980-6724 or email [email protected].

To register, visit The priority registration deadline is July 14. Registration closes on July 25. Selected students will be informed by e-mail, phone, or text.

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.

About Indiana University Northwest

One of eight campuses of Indiana University, IU Northwest is located in metropolitan Northwest Indiana, approximately 30 miles southeast of Chicago and 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The campus has a diverse student population of approximately 4,000 degree-seeking students and 1,500 dual-credit students. The campus offers Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in a variety of undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, the School of the Arts, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. IU Northwest emphasizes high-quality teaching, faculty and student research and engagement on campus and in the community. As a student-centered campus, IU Northwest is committed to academic excellence characterized by a love of ideas and achievement in learning, discovery, creativity and engagement. Indiana University Northwest is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.

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