The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence in Indianapolis is one of six Louis Stokes regional centers to receive an award from the National Science Foundation.

The five-year $2.5 million STEM award will allow IUPUI, Ohio State University, Chicago State University and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to circulate information and build regional communities to increase STEM participation in underrepresented groups. 

"We’re thrilled to collaborate with colleagues at our partner institutions in this initiative," said Kim S. Nguyen, LSMRCE principal investigator; director for statewide and regional collaborations of the STEM Education Innovation & Research Institute, or SEIRI, which is administered by the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. "This award will support the center to serve as a hub for STEM educational research, dissemination and professional development activities that result in higher academic achievements of minority students working toward STEM degrees," said Nguyen.

Researchers will also use part of the funding to organize annual conferences to present development opportunities and will work to strengthen partnerships and collaboration at the six Midwestern Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority participation programs.