LUMCON is a consortium of Louisiana’s higher education institutions. that endeavor to focus and strengthen the effectiveness of foundational marine science, through research and education, needed to address the environmental and socioeconomic challenges facing Louisiana and the nation. Some consortium-member institutions cannot take full advantage of opportunities at LUMCON’s Marine Center in Cocodrie because of limits to student access (usually financial or distance). Other barriers can make these challenges to access even greater for institutions that serve students who are traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented in STEM and marine science.
The Marine Science Club is a new program that will provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to engage with and gain access to LUMCON resources on their own campuses. Club Chapters will develop and participate in their own service project that has a real and significant impact on their local communities. The Marine Science Club will bring together club members from across the state during events designed to strengthen collaboration between chapters.
The mission is to advance Louisiana students by providing them with a supportive environment that encourages their intellectual development in the marine sciences on their own campuses. Louisiana has an amazing amount of untapped STEM and marine science potential among its student population. LUMCON will develop a science-intensive multi-disciplinary curriculum that leverages the strengths and assets of the consortium that meets the needs of Louisiana students. LUMCON will require the help of a faculty member on each consortium-member campus who is committed to serving as a club chapter sponsor. This person will ensure that their campus chapter has the on-campus resources needed for meetings and club activities.
• Access – Give every student the opportunity to engage in a variety of aspects of marine science in order to promote interest and knowledge.
• Enrichment – Provide opportunities for students to explore STEM careers related to marine science.
• Community – Provide opportunities for students to network and collaborate with other students and professionals in the field.
• Involvement –Encourage students to become involved in environmental questions and solutions here in Louisiana.
• Advancement – Provide the experiences and networks for students to grow into more educational and career opportunities.
• Engagement – Increase student participation in science activities outside the classroom including the school, local, and statewide communities.