Communication is Key to Success!

Each year the IUPUI Alumni Council honors the Top 100 juniors and seniors on the IUPUI campus. Congratulations IUPUI LSAMP Scholar, Iyun Adebowale. She joined IN LSAMP in 2018 as a research scholar in Dr. Manicke’s lab. Dr. Tamiko Porter, IN LSAMP IUPUI Coordinator, “Iyun is a stellar example of someone who is motivated to perform in and out of the classroom. This honor shows how much success she’s had doing just that. We can’t wait to watch what she does next.”

Iyun Adebowale, IUPUI Top 100, 2020

We took time to connect with Iyun and learn about her journey. She shares how it felt to learn about her selection, “I was excited, it felt so surreal. I have always wanted to be part of the top 100 students and was happy when I heard I was chosen.”

We asked her to look back over her academic career and share with our audience what helped her reach this honor.  

Iyun presenting in 2019.

Engage in Research: I worked in Dr. Manicke’s forensic chemistry research lab and presented at different conferences. Those conferences ranged from campus conferences such as the IUPUI annual graduate student conference and CRL summer research conference to larger conferences such as LSMRCE and the SACNAS 2019 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

These conferences helped develop my STEM experience because I was able to share what I did and talk to people who had similar interests as me. I was also able to learn from other people’s research and implement some of those ideas to my project. 

Connect with a Mentor: Dr. Porter helped me reach the Top 100. She was very helpful and provided me with a lot of information. She met with me to discuss plans and actions to take and she encouraged me to explore other options. Above all, she provided me with a lot of opportunities that helped me today. 

Advice for students: I wish I had known to ask questions, and pursue things that you are passionate and interested in. Going into college I was always focused on academics, which is important, but it is also important to be a well rounded student. It is okay to explore, change majors if need be, and get involved as best as you can. Lastly, communication is important, talk to people to help and if they cannot help you, they probably know someone who will. 

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”― Benjamin Franklin

Building Partnerships to Connect IN LSAMP Scholars

Building partnerships starts with connecting people. To strengthen collaborations between Florida Georgia LSAMP at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and IN LSAMP at IU Northwest, Director, Dr. Bhaskara Kopparty, visited FGCU on March 2, 2020 to discuss various STEM activities that can be created for the IN LSAMP Summer STEM Camp for high school students at IU Northwest. The goal of the visit was to explore new ways to encourage underrepresented minority students (URM) to pursue programs in STEM fields through LSAMP partnerships across the country.

Dr. Kopparty met with the Director of Florida Georgia LSAMP​ at FGCU ​Dr. Claude Villiers. He also met and held discussions with Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Tony Barringer, and Dr. Vivek Bhargava, Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of Faculty & Administration in the Lutgert College of Business at FGCU. All of them shared their experiences about STEM activities at FGCU and southwest Florida.

“This will open the doors for students from IN LSAMP at IUN to collaborate and interact with Florida Georgia LSAMP students from FGCU.”

Dr. Bhaskara Kopparty

Dr. Kopparty shared how IN LSAMP at IU Northwest actively engages with high school students with a STEM summer camp. “The Summer STEM CAMP at IU Northwest gives a hands on experience and immersion in STEM activities for High School students in the region, with a focus on underrepresented minority students.”

This year the camp will run from August 3 to August 5 , 2020.  

IN LSAMP looks forward to a sustaining connection with Florida Georgia LSAMP through invitations extended to students to participate in the IN LSAMP Annual Research Conference. 

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Assessment Institute in Indianapolis

We would like to extend to you and your colleagues an invitation to join us for the 2020 Assessment Institute, held virtually, October 25-28, 2020. For 2020, we are pleased to offer complimentary registration to attend the virtual Assessment Institute, including our pre-Institute workshops on Sunday, October 25, to all members of the higher education community. This is our way of supporting colleagues who are facing travel-related concerns or restrictions and resource constraints in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on registering for the Assessment Institute click here.