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Community Conservation: Reducing the Opportunity Gap in STEM
The Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis presents the second event in the Community Conservation Series, Reducing the Opportunity Gap in STEM.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis and partners from districts in North St. Louis County have developed a model for how urban universities and urban high schools can work together to begin to reduce the opportunity gap facing disadvantaged underfunded districts. The Collaborative Laboratory Internships and Mentoring Blueprint (CLIMB) Program was created to provide resources and tools for students to have hands-on experiences with university faculty-led research and to understand career pathways in STEM fields.

During this virtual event, program leaders, Drs. Patricia Parker, Miranda Ming, and Rhonda Key will discuss the inception and growth of the CLIMB program. Two student interns will also share how this opportunity has impacted their lives as well as how this program has shaped their future academic and professional goals. Finally, a faculty mentor will provide an example of why UMSL faculty seek out the opportunity to work with CLIMB student interns.


The Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center is housed within the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The long-term vision of the World Ecology Center is to reverse the trend of biodiversity loss through community education, research, and the training of students who then take on decision-making positions in regions and countries where biodiversity is threatened. We do this by supporting the research and training of graduate and undergraduate students in ecology, evolution and conservation, as well as through community outreach.

Jun 24, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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