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STEM Initiative

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

On July 9, 2008, IU's first lady, Laurie Burns McRobbie toured labs and met nearly two dozen students from historically black colleges and universities, who are working with IU faculty on research projects as part of the STEM Initiative. IU is a partner in the project, along with Alabama A&M University, Bennett College for Women, Clark AtlantaUniversity, Hampton University, Jackson State University, Langston University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Central University, Tennessee State University and Xavier University of Louisiana. More information about the STEM Initiative is available at

Shabree Nichols, a Langston University junior, separates pieces of tissue into tubes.

Lagina Williams, of Xavier University (right), and Towanta Reese, of Jackson State, share their experience in the STEM program with Laurie McRobbie.

Careful labeling and organization is needed in the laboratory environment.

Towanta Reese, of Jackson State, talks to Edwin Marshall, IU vice-president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, about her experience in the STEM program.

Graduate student Natasha Crosby meets with Associate Professor David Daleke and IU first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie.

IU Professor John Watkins III, director of medical sciences, participates in the STEM program.

Lagina Williams, of Xavier University, performs an experiment.