The Boise State LSAMP Scholars Program took 15 students to the 10th Annual Pacific Northwest LSAMP Conference: Vision for the Future, Identifying, Developing, and Investing in Future Innovators in STEM at the University of Washington February 28 to March 1.
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and dedicated to increasing the number of historically underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, and engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs. LSAMP also works to increase the number of students interested in and qualified for undergraduate research and graduate level studies.
The three-day conference included professional development and graduate preparation workshops, as well as oral research presentations and a poster presentation symposium. Both the oral research presentations and research symposium featured students from across the Pacific Northwest Alliance. Boise State student, Trent Garrett, won second place for his oral research presentation on quantum dot (QD) nanomaterials for optoelectronic applications such as solar cells and quantum computers. Trent Garrett is both a LSAMP and McNair Scholar, majoring in Physics at Boise State. Dr. Paul Simmonds serves as his faculty mentor.