Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs, presented at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning for All forum supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on November 9, 2015. She discussed the University System of Maryland’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program at the forum, which kicked off a week of events aimed at improving STEM education, particularly at the high school level.
In her speech, Tull discussed mentoring models and messaging that have been successfully implemented in UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program. This nationally recognized program provides holistic support to academically exceptional students who intend to pursue doctoral degrees in STEM, with a goal of increasing the diversity of future leaders in STEM fields.
Tull also presented LSAMP students as “Nobel Laureates and STEM leaders of the future.” She shared the idea that STEM models should allow students to see themselves as long-term STEM contributors and leaders, beyond receiving their undergraduate degrees. The LSAMP program was featured as an example of a successful NSF project supporting diversity that can be adapted at the high school level.
Information shared during the forum will also be presented at the Next Generation High School Summit at the White House on Tuesday, November 10. The focus of the forum and summit is next generation high schools. For more information, see the White House event website.
Image: Rentta Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs.