Southeast Arkansas College Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ARK-LSAMP) Student Scholars recently a Washington, D.C., conference.

Tiana Wilson and Kendra Greenlaw of Pine Bluff and Roxann Dozier of Little Rock attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM.)

The students were lead by Kaleybra Mitchell Morehead, SEARK Vice President of Academic Affairs and the ARK-LSAMP campus coordinator, and Sam Domineck, SEARK data analyst.

The objectives of the conference were to help undergraduate and graduate students enhance their science communication skills and to understand better how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce, according to a news release.

Students participated with students from other STEM programs from all over the country. Along with networking opportunities, the students were able to listen to renowned speakers, attend workshops and oral poster exhibits, and tour Washington.

The conference was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR).

The ARK-LSAMP Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission with the goals of increasing the number of unrepresented students in STEM disciplines who pursue STEM careers.

ARK-LSAMP is comprised of an alliance of eight Arkansas colleges/universities, with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff being the lead institution.