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April 4, 2008

CCNY TO HOST NEW YORK CITY LOUIS STOKES ALLIANCE FOR MINORITY PARTICIPATION'S 11TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, APRIL 11 – 12

NEW YORK, April 4, 2008 – The City College of New York will serve as host site for the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation’s (NYC-LSAMP) 11th Annual Urban University Conference, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12. The conference is expected to draw over 300 students from CUNY colleges and other institutions.

“Exploration and Discovery,” the theme for this year’s conference will be examined during three panel sessions. Speakers will discuss opportunities for students to participate in collaborative international research and Study Abroad programs, said Dr. Claude Brathwaite, NYC LSAMP Project Administrator.  

“We want our students to take advantage of these opportunities,” he added. “At the end of the day, we’d like to see at least 20-25 students doing summer research in international programs.”

Studying abroad can profoundly affect students’ future career plans, Dr. Brathwaite noted, citing as an example the dinner speaker, Marie-Elena John, a 1986 CCNY graduate and the College’s first African-American female valedictorian. Ms. John’s Study Abroad experiences moved her to focus her career on fighting for human rights, women’s rights and democracy in Africa.

In addition to the panels, the conference will feature poster sessions presented by CUNY Research Scholars, a Best Practice symposium and a Graduate Education / Technology Expo with exhibitors from academic institutions, private industry and public agencies. Dr. Maria M. Larrondo Petrie, Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs, Florida Atlantic University, will be the conference’s keynote speaker.

Additional conference information is available at http://uuseries.projectstem.net.

About the NYC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The NYC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NYC-LSAMP) is an alliance of 16 CUNY Colleges and the CUNY Graduate Center.  The Alliance goal is to substantially increase the number of underrepresented minority students who pursue and graduate with Baccalaureate Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  From its inception in November 1992, the Alliance has been at the forefront of a concerted effort to increase annual Minority STEM enrollment and graduation in the City University of New York.  The Alliance provides academic scholarship support to CUNY students majoring in the STEM disciplines, making research an integral part of STEM education in New York City.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.

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