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The Promotion of Underrepresented Minorities in Academic STEM (PUMA-STEM) Alliance is focused on strengthening underrepresented minority student success in STEM at primarily undergraduate and regional institutions.

The alliance consists of seven four-year institutions and one community college:

  • Elmhurst University (lead institution)
  • Benedictine University
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Dominican University
  • Lewis University
  • North Central College
  • Saint Xavier University
  • College of DuPage

To achieve alliance goals, PUMA-STEM partners will implement cohesive high-impact practices such as:

  • Faculty and peer mentoring
  • High-quality research experiences (including opportunities for students transferring to four-year institutions)
  • Programs to promote inclusive experiences and a sense of belonging in STEM fields
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The PUMA-STEM Alliance is supported by the National Science Foundation through the LSAMP Program under Award Number 1911271. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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Eve Mellgren, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology
Department of Biology

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