NEWS AND EVENTS

Introducing the LUMCON STEM Prep program

Summer 2022 Program Dates: May 30 – July 8
Program information and application details can be found here.

Application deadline April 1, 2022

LUMCON’s STEM Prep program is a residential summer program to help freshmen or sophomore level undergraduate students, especially those from populations that are underserved and underrepresented in the marine sciences, who are seeking an opportunity to gain work experience and learn skills to advance their academic and career goals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields within marine and/or environmental science. This program allows students to experience the responsibilities and culture of a working marine lab, interact with the Marine Center staff and community, directly contribute to vital marine/coastal science research programs, and create opportunities to broaden their knowledge of possible research fields and career opportunities. This experience will provide work experience, increase skill-sets, and expand professional support networks that will prepare participants for future academic programs (like an REU) or increased job readiness. There is no cost for students to participate in this program and those that successfully complete the program will earn four (4) credits from the University of Louisiana @ Lafayette.

Program expectations:
Students will. . .

  • gain work experience alongside science staff             ● learn valuable transferable skills and develop teamwork
  • participate in workshops and field trips                      ● have a role in conducting vital marine and coastal research
  • build networks with mentors, peers, and experts

Creating Pipelines:

Creating pipelines and ensuring the continued success of minority students in STEM disciplines has never been more important.  The environmental issues facing Louisiana are complex, bring unprecedented challenges, and require a dedication to furthering the understanding of our coastal and marine environments.  Only by harnessing the talent and perspectives of Louisiana’s diverse student population can Louisiana succeed in finding solutions.  By investing in the success and retention of students who are currently underrepresented in STEM careers, including marine science, can Louisiana ensure a future where communities are more environmentally literate, resilient to the impacts of climate change, and lead the advancement of science and technology.  To achieve this goal LUMCON, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and Louisiana HBCUs have partnered to fully fund five (5) student STEM Prep positions during the 2022 summer.

Program contact:   Associate Director of E&O, Murt Conover, education@lumcon.edu, (985) 851-2860

Program details and application: lumcon.edu/stem-prep/