Academic partners

CatResDev partnered with five NSF-funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) programs in order to provide research opportunities to their students.

  • Alabama LSAMP (ALSAMP) – ALSAMP is comprised of nine institutions
  • Illinois LSAMP (ILSAMP)  – ILSAMP consists of a consortium of fourteen institutions (eight 4-year universities, one senior institution, and five community colleges) and one federal laboratory.
  • Louis Stokes Midwest Center for Excellence (LSMCE)- This center brings together a network of more than 1,500 subscribers within the 16-institution consortium in the Midwest region. It serves as a national hub of information for scholars to access data, models, and funding opportunities in STEM fields.
  • Philadelphia-LSAMP (PLSAMP) – Led by Drexel University, the nine-institution consortium of public, private, 2-yr, 4-yr, research, and HBCUs will impact students from Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
  • Puerto Rico LSAMP (PRLSAMP) – A consortium of twelve institutions in the Puerto Rico jurisdiction.
  • University of Pennsylvania Office of Diversity and Inclusion (UPennEODI) -Through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Penn Engineering enables students to optimize their talents, capitalize on their cultural perspectives, realize their intellectual potential and fulfill their career aspirations.

We also partnered with other research programs nationwide.

  • Center of Catalysis, Univ. of Florida (CCUoF) – CCUoF fosters a seamless exchange of students and expertise in chemical catalysis research.
  • Inter American University Bayamon (IAUB) – The only STEM-specialized 4-year institution within the Inter American University System of 11 campuses, located in Puerto Rico.
  • University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) – This partnership will impact students engaged with the UIC Office of Undergraduate Research and its partner offices across campus.
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) – UML is a public, state university that serves more than 10,000 undergraduates, ranked the fifth fastest growing college in the US.


Industry partners

Role models, consisting of research scientists and leaders drawn from partner industries (Axalta, GlaxoSmithKline, Dow, and ExxonMobil), the Penn Chemistry Association for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry (ACDC), Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and other current URMs at Penn, will share their experiences, career pathways, and provide guidance for REU students to encourage them to proceed in obtaining advanced degrees in STEM. They will also provide an overview of what a successful career in science and industry looks like, including field trips to chemistry-oriented industries

Students will have the opportunity to present their research at the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and/or LSAMP meetings, where they will also meet role models, faculty, students, and URM professionals.