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Broadening Participation in STEM Seminar Series


The Broadening Participation in STEM Seminar Series (2023-2024 academic year) highlights research focusing on fostering equity, inclusion, full access, and diversity in STEM disciplines. This seminar series is a partnership between the STEM DEI Taskforce and STEM departments, allowing seminars to be held during regularly scheduled departmental seminars and colloquia. The purpose of this seminar series is to provide STEM faculty, instructors, and graduate students with evidence-based support in fostering inclusive and equitable STEM instruction at ISU. Best efforts are made to align seminar topics so they are relevant to the partnering unit, although all talks will be open to the entire campus community. This series advances ISU by demonstrating our commitment to EDIA and achieving full representation in STEM disciplines, which are often overlooked in conventional DEI efforts, despite STEM fields having the most substantial underrepresentation of all domains.

Seminar Series Schedule

Date Time Place Partner Speaker      Seminar Title   
Sep 7, 2023 4:00 p.m. Moulton 214 Biological Sciences Cissy Ballen, PhD Seeing yourself in science: The impact of humanized scientist role models in undergraduate biology
Oct 3, 2023 3:30 p.m. Zoom Information Technology Tia Madkins, PhD DEI issues in postsecondary STEM education: What do faculty need to know and do?
Nov 3, 2023 3:00 p.m. Zoom Geography, Geology, & the Environment Blair Schneider, PhD Building Inclusive Workplace Climates: Lessons Learned from the ADVANCEGeo Partnership
Mar 26, 2024 4:00 p.m. Zoom Physics Vashti Sawtelle, PhD Research on Inclusive Practices: Supporting Two-Year College Transfer Students in the Physics Community
April 5, 2024 3:00 p.m. Zoom Chemistry Shuai Sun, PhD  


Please direct your questions to Dr. Rebekka Darner at