EDUCATION NIGHT! "Sustaining the Pipeline of Underrepresented Groups in STEM via the Classroom and Research Lab" - Prof. Reginald Rogers • PLUS Edu Wkshop, Posters, Scholarships

Created by Josh Kurutz on Sep 13, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018 at Loyola University - Chicago

Starts at 6:30 PM · Ends on Sep 21, 2018 at 10:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • Josh Kurutz


Prof. Reginald Rogers

- Rochester Institute of Technology -
Department of Chemical Engineering

"Sustaining the Pipeline of Underrepresented Groups in STEM
via the Classroom and Research Lab

• Pre-dinner Workshop by Sherri Rukes •
• Student Research Poster Session •
• Scholarship Presentations •


Education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to be a strong focus for students in the United States. Transitioning from high school to college has revealed weaknesses that must be addressed in the early stages of college for students to be considered certified for careers in STEM fields beyond graduation. Individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented are significantly impacted by sharp differences in the high school education received compared to peers in non-underrepresented groups. The weaknesses observed by underrepresented minorities (URM), in particular, has led to abnormally high attrition rates at the college level. To combat the low degree completion rate, efforts must be enhanced to engage URM students more effectively in and out of the classroom. Many of these students are looking for opportunities to step outside of their comfort zone to determine what they like to do in the long term. Connecting classroom learning to experiences in the research laboratory is one way to help URM students overcome barriers to completing their degree. Working in a research laboratory provides hands-on skills URM students may not have received in high school such that they can visually see how the learning in the classroom translates into practical applications for the real world. In this presentation, a discussion on one approach to sustaining the pipeline of URM students in STEM education will be shared. Stress will be placed on active engagement of faculty in the mentoring of URM students to help them realize their potential in STEM fields and curb the high attrition rates. The tools and tips shared will hopefully provide insight into how we can ensure the pipeline of solid talent does not stop flowing.


• 5:30 - 6:30  Registration and Poster Session

• 5:45 - 6:30  Pre-dinner Workshop by Sherri Rukes

• 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner

• 7:30 - 7:45  Introductory Remarks and Presentation of High School Scholarships

• 7:45 - 8:30  Lecture by Prof. Rogers

• 8:30+          Networking


• MAIN SITE (With live speaker): Loyola University (Chicago)

• STREAMING LOCATION #1: Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN)


Undergraduates will present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize! Register your poster here:

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Did you present a poster at #ACSBOSTON or another recent meting? Bring it out and present it again!


Sherri Rukes

Teacher, Libertyville High School
President, American Association of Chemistry Teachers

Changing “traditionally fun" activities to deepen your students' STEM experience by adding inquiry/engineering design challenges.

Trying to figure out how to relate to your students?  Trying to figure out what to do for a unit and make it more practical or applicable to the students?  Trying to figure out where to go to find material or resources to use?  Trying to change and look for activities that can support the NGSS or the science and engineer practices vs.. inquiry?   This workshop will help you find resources for you to create activities for many areas of chemistry.  Learn how to incorporate topics that students are interested in to come up with ideas for lessons as well as create one whole unit on a topic.  Using many common, everyday materials are used to show relevant and engaging ways to present some difficult science concepts.  Students will be able to understand many different chemistry topics through activities which relate to interests of students such as: cosmetics, bioplastics, medicine, etc.  Many labs and demonstrations that make chemistry concepts easier to teach and learn will be shared using things that students already know, but truly do not understand how it works or why we use it.   These activities will show students the importance of the concepts they learn in traditional classes, how they interact with other disciplines and lend the way to adding more engineering practices and inquiry / critical thinkers in the classroom.

DINNER - Depends on location:

MAIN SITE:Loyola UniversityCafeteria-style at DeNobili dining hall

REMOTE SITE #1: Purdue University NorthwestNo pre-orders, but feel free to bring your own


Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Monday, September 17
Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, September 20

QUESTIONS OR NON-WEB RESERVATIONS?  Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email (


Dr. Reginald Rogers currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, Dr. Rogers completed his undergraduate degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his MS degree at Northeastern University, and his Ph.D. at The University of Michigan, all in Chemical Engineering. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at RIT leading up to his faculty appointment. His research interests are focused on improved water resources using novel nanomaterials and advanced cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries. As an educator, Dr. Rogers has continuously integrated undergraduate students within his research efforts to broaden their perspectives on their potential roles on societal challenges as rising engineers. Whether the learning is in or out of the classroom, students are drawn into a unique learning environment, which Dr. Rogers creates to enhance their learning potential. In addition to teaching, Dr. Rogers is passionate about mentoring the next generation of students and colleagues to ensure they are confident in their life goals. Dr. Rogers has been recognized for his teaching, research, and service efforts through several invited seminars and awards. Notable awards include the 2015 Partner of the Year Award from RIT’s Multicultural Center for Academic Success, the 2016 Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from RIT, the 2017 Emerging Investigator designation from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2015 Joseph N. Cannon Award in Chemical Engineering and the 2017 Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and the 2018 Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers.



Loyola University
Flanner Hall, Room 133
1068 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

Map & Directions:

PARKING IN MAIN STRUCTURE: $7.50 cash/credit





Purdue University Northwest
Gyte Building Room 240
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323


PARKING: Free. See map for locations.


$15.00 MAIN SITE - Member Ticket

$15.00 MAIN SITE - AIChE Member Ticket

$17.00 MAIN SITE - Non-member

$0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only

$0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Lecture-only

Loyola University - Chicago