The Center for Computational Science participates in programs to bring minority students and other underrepresented groups into the Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics fields (STEM) through its collaborative efforts with various EPSCoR projects both in this state and in collaboration with other states, namely West Virginia and Montana. We participate by provided instruction, projects, and on occasion sponsorships for students in the various STEM outreach programs.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
The National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, undergraduate program designed to substantially increase the quantity and quality of students (especially African American, Hispanic, and Native American students) pursuing degrees and careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The KYWV-LSAMP is actively developing constructs that will supply Kentucky institutions of higher learning a pipeline/pathway of talented students interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Kentucky NSF EPSCoR is a proud financial partner supporting KY-WV LSAMP programming and its students. Alliance members in the state of Kentucky are the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Centre College, Kentucky State University, Western Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College. For additional information about KY-WV LSAMP and its programs, visit www.kywvamp.uky.edu.
EPSCoR RII Track I
Building competitive research programs means building collaborative programs with diverse participants. KY NSF EPSCoR also supports a number of outreach and diversity activities with its Track1 award. A Research Scholars Program that supports underrepresented student research (http://www.kynsfepscor.org/rsp10.html) and a partnership with an Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) program (http://www.kynsfepscor.org/funding/lsamp.html) are just a few examples of Track1 outreach and diversity activities. KY NSF EPSCoR is also supporting graduate students in the Computer Science program at Kentucky State University-Kentucky's only Historically Black College/University (HBCU).
EPSCoR RII Track II (VOEIS)
The cyberinfrastructure plan further will serve the ecological research communities of our regions, enhance the undergraduate and graduate educational curricula and research experiences at the participating universities, facilitate outreach to underserved and underrepresented members of society, provide relevant and contemporary ecological K-12 education, and offer web-based engagement with public interest groups. Training of students in the use of the cyberinfrastructure will be an important part of this project and will develop local expertise in sensor development, deployment and simulation. Undergraduate curricula in aquatic ecology will be designed and tested in Montana and Kentucky universities. A special effort will be made to include students from underrepresented groups (e.g., economically disadvantaged students from the Appalachian counties of Kentucky and students at the seven Tribal Colleges in Montana). Interaction with the public and K-12 students will be channeled through the outreach programs at the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) and the Montana Water Center (MWC), which are both part of the national network of water centers. This will raise the awareness of how human activities impact the environment. There can be no more important educational activity than to make the public appreciate the trade-offs which must be faced in the near future, as embodied in the statement at the top of this summary.
The collaboration between Kentucky and Montana will form an information and education network that will be extremely useful in exploring fundamental questions in environmental science, including the effects of climate change and human activities on water resources and the resilience of the nation's water resources. More information can be found at www.murraystate.edu/qacd/cos/hbs/VOEIS.