Southeast Arkansas College Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ARK-LSAMP) Student Scholars recently attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Washington DC.

Attending this year’s conference were Tiana Wilson and Kendra Greenlaw of Pine Bluff and Roxann Dozier of Little Rock.   The students were led by Dr. Kaleybra Mitchell Morehead, SEARK Vice President of Academic Affairs and the ARK-LSAMP Campus Coordinator and Mr. Sam Domineck, SEARK Data Analyst.

The objectives of the conference are to help undergraduate and graduate students enhance their science communication skills and to understand better how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce.  Students participated with STEM students from other STEM Programs from all over the country. Along with networking opportunities, the students were able to listen to renowned speakers, attend workshops and oral poster exhibits, and tour Washington, DC.

The ERN Conference was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.

The ARK-LSAMP Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission with the goals of increasing the number of unrepresented students in STEM disciplines who pursue STEM careers in the state, region, and nation. ARK-LSAMP is comprised of an alliance of eight Arkansas colleges/universities, with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff being the lead institution.