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Two programs from the University of Missouri St. Louis wins the Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

Tyrone Wallace

St. Louis, MO – The INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine has named two programs from the University of Missouri St. Louis as the winner for its Inspiring Programs in STEM Award.

The two programs that caught the attention of the award are the Eye on Diversity and the Collaborative Laboratory Internship and Mentoring Blueprint.

The Eye on Diversity was a program established in 2010 but was just recently revived by a College of Optometry Assistant Clinical Professor, Britney Wright. The program was first created by Angel Simmons, Assistant Clinical Professor, and Natissia Small, Vice Provost for Access, Academic Support, and Workforce Integration.

The Eye on Diversity is a program to spread awareness about the work opportunity and career path of optometry to underrepresented high school students.

Wright who is also the coordinator of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the College of Optometry, and her team had revived the program, where during the summer they are running the second iteration virtually.

Meanwhile, Patricia Parker, E. Desdemona Le Endowed Professor in Zoological Studies launched the Collaborative Laboratory Internship and Mentoring Blueprint (CLIMB) back in 2015 in a partnership with Jennings High School District.

Since the first establishment of the program, the CLIMB has collaborated and expanded to four districts with ten to fifteen high schools participating each year. Each school that is participating in the program will be paired based on their interest such as research field whether it is in chemistry, biology, psychology, computer science, economics, or communication.

The aim of the CLIMB program was created to give opportunity for high school students to experience and spend time with researchers and graduate researchers as well as discovering new possibilities.

Through the award, both of the programs hoped that it will help the programs to expand even further.

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