Eda Davis-Lowe is Director of STEM Programs at Valencia College and serves as Alliance Director of the Central Florida STEM Alliance. The Central Florida STEM Alliance (CFSA) is a collaboration of two-year colleges in the Central Florida region. The work of CFSA is framed through a grant project funded under the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program of the National Science Foundation. The goal of LSAMP is to increase significantly the numbers of underrepresented minority students who complete baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and enter the workforce or graduate school in STEM.
Ms. Davis-Lowe has long been involved in efforts to increase the diversity of students interested in and actively pursuing a higher education degree and career in STEM. She served for more than eleven years at Oregon State University (OSU) as Director of The Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) Program. SMILE is a 30-year precollege program providing academic and social support for historically underrepresented minority, low-income, and other educationally underserved students. The primary learning contexts in SMILE are afterschool clubs for rural students in grades 4-12 and professional learning communities for the classroom teachers who serve as advisors for the afterschool clubs.
As a collaborator, Ms. Davis-Lowe participates in, and often leads, efforts to enhance system capacity and establish cross-sector synergies to increase opportunities and impact in STEM teaching and learning in both formal and out-of-school time settings. She uses her personal experiences with a mentor to fuel her advocacy for multi-tiered mentoring as a critical practice to support individuals pursuing STEM degrees and careers.
During her tenure at OSU, Ms. Davis-Lowe accepted, on behalf of SMILE, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). While still at OSU, she received recognition for her collaborative leadership with the Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award. While at Valencia, she has received the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award and, as a member of a nine-person team, the Valencia College Innovation of the Year Award.
Kevin Young is an electrical engineer, a public speaker, and a musician. He studied Electrical Engineering at Utah State University and the University of Idaho. He began his professional career as an Air Force officer launching rockets and satellites into space. Since then, he has worked for the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls and Bechtel National in Pueblo, Colorado where he made time to climb all 58 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. Throughout his career he has been an avid supporter of engineering outreach at the grade school level and has given over 500 talks on the amazing world of science and engineering. He has played saxophone since age seven and his jazz quartet currently performs in the Idaho Falls area where he also works as an engineer for Fluor Idaho.
Professional Development Credits
Assignment for 1st Professional Development Credit
Attend i-STEM Institute and Register on Mentorship Portal
i-STEM participants will receive one paid i-STEM undergraduate professional development credit from the College of Southern Idaho. To receive this credit participants will fill out a registration form during the institute and complete the following assignment.
Contact: John Hughes, CSI - email@example.com; 208-732-6549.
- Attend all 4 days of the strand and institute.
- Complete the post-institute survey via the Community Grants Portal (https://idahostem.force.com/gms/)
- Complete the registration process for Mentorship Portal (https://mentorship.stem.idaho.gov/)
Assignment for 2nd Professional Development Credit
Engage with Mentors
i-STEM participants will have the opportunity to purchase ($60) a graduate professional development credit from Boise State University upon completion an assignment throughout the 2018-19 school year. A link to register for this credit and more information is available in the syllabus linked below.
Contact: Kaitlin Maguire, STEM AC – firstname.lastname@example.org; 208-332-1729.
- Complete the registration process for the Mentorship Platform.
- Engage in mentorship activities via the Mentorship Platform in one of two ways:
a) Identify at least one student-led project that would benefit from mentorship support, assist student with registration into the Mentorship Platform, and monitor the progress of the project in the platform. (10 hrs)
b) Find at least two mentors in the Mentorship Platform or the community and set up visits with these mentors and a student group (either virtually or in person). (10 hrs)
- Create a lesson plan in which there is mentorship engagement. (3 hrs)
- Submit a final report via the Community Grants Portal (3 hrs) (https://idahostem.force.com/gms/) answering questions about their experience engaging with the mentorship platform, connecting mentors and students, and student experiences working with a mentor, highlighting best practices, lessons learned and ways they will engage with mentors moving forward.