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Louis Stokes Regional Center of Excellence: Broadening Participation in STEM Education through Nanotechnology

Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCE)

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students from historically underrepresented minority populations (African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders) to successfully complete high quality degree programs in STEM. Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCEs) are designed to serve as regional testbeds for outreach, knowledge-generating and diffusion activities or other activities that contribute to successful practices in STEM education. LSRCE activities may also be concentrated in the development of disciplinary research institutes.


Southeastern Coalition for Engagement and Exchange in Nanotechnology Education Louis Stokes Regional Center of Excellence in Broadening Participation (SCENE-LSRCE), Norfolk State University (lead institution), Tidewater Community College, Pennsylvania State University, NASA Langley Research Center, Jefferson National Laboratory Applied Research Center, Eastern Virginia Medical School.

SCENE-LSRCE serves as a three-year pilot disciplinary institute designed to strengthen skills and knowledge in nanoscience through outreach, informal science, curriculum improvement, and dissemination activities at the K-12 to undergraduate STEM pathways.

Project Goal

Being the regional center for outreach and knowledge-diffusion of STEM education through Nanotechnology.

Addressing persistent disparities in racial representation in STEM specifically by strengthening Nanotechnology education, increasing student interest and motivation in Nanotechnology.

Focusing on broadening participation to  increase the number of underrepresented students successfully completing STEM degree programs and who wish to pursue Nanotechnology STEM careers.

Project Scope and Activity

The SCENE-LSRCE will become an effective network to implement and disseminate education and training products and services for diverse student populations in STEM disciplines. Products and services at The SCENE will support the goal of increasing participation and contributions of URM populations in nanoscience and engineering. The SCENE will thrive to achieve the goals proposed including:

  • Growth of an URM nanotechnology community and network;
  • Students engaged in advanced research experiences in university, governmental, and industrial laboratories;
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFPs) applications from students affiliated with  SCENE network partners;
  • Strengthened student pathways between NSU and two-year institutions within the SCENE network;
  • Professional presentations and peer-reviewed publications by students mentored and supported by The SCENE.

The project period is from 8/1/2018 to 7/31/2021.