The National Science Foundation recently awarded $100,000 to a UMKC research conference.
The conference, “Integrating STEM Education Research Collaboration for Regional Prosperity,” was created with a focus on developing a stronger STEM workforce in the greater Kansas City area.
“The Kansas City region does not have enough students graduating in science, technology, engineering and math to support our STEM businesses and industry,” said Alexis Petri, UMKC’s director of faculty support and the project’s leader, when discussing the need for the conference.
The three-day conference this upcoming spring will bring together faculty from multiple institutions, nonprofit members, entrepreneurs and civic leaders to present research on the growing challenges facing the STEM community and identify possible solutions.
One of the conference’s primary goals is to diversify the STEM student population, one of the larger problems within the workforce.
“An additional challenge is that we also do not have a very diverse student