LSAMP-IINspire Program

The Iowa Illinois Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education (IINspire) project is a part of the LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) program funded by the National Science Foundation under award number HRD-1102461.

Overview
The IINspire Alliance involves 16 state, private, and community colleges in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska who work together to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education the Midwest.  In particular addressing the need to remove the barriers impeding student progress and success in STEM fields before education and workforce disparities widen.
More information about the Alliance and Alliance activities can be found at the IINspire website.

IINspire @ Wartburg

Campus Director: Dr. LeAnn Faidley, assistant professor for engineering science
Please contact her if you have any questions.

Peer Mentors: The IINspire @ Wartburg program awards 5 semester stipends of $1000 to students who serve as peer mentors.  These upper class American-ethnic students assist the campus director in mentoring other students and planning and arranging programming to encourage success and retention of American-ethnic students in the STEM fields at Wartburg.

Applications for peer mentors are due on Dec. 15 and May 1 for the following semesters.  Please complete the application form at the link below.  Contact Dr. LeAnn Faidley with any questions.

Programs and Activities: IINSPIRE @ Wartburg sponsors a variety of programs and activities to enhance the success and retention of American-Ethnic students in STEM fields at Wartburg.  Upcoming activities include:

  • Mentoring programs with peers, faculty, and alumni
  • Career building workshops
  • Research opportunities
  • Study groups for common classes
  • Social events
  • Study skill workshops
  • And more

Pre-Orientation Bridge Program:
IINspire @ Wartburg will be hosting our first Pre-Orientation Bridge Program Wed. Aug 28, 2013 to Fri. Aug 30, 2013.  The goals of the program are to create a community of incoming American-Ethnic students in the STEM fields and to introduce these students to our peer mentors and science faculty members and various other programs and offices that will serve as resources while they are on campus.  Participation in this program is free of charge and participants will receive a $50 stipend for books in the fall semester.  Please see the tentative schedule (PDF) or contact Dr. LeAnn leann.faidley@wartburg.edu for more information.  Invitees should complete the RSVP form at the link below before Aug 1, 2013.