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Conference Highlights



An intensive three-day Alabama LSAMP summer faculty conference, designed to help faculty better prepare STEM students for graduate school and to help graduate faculty be better mentors and advisors, was held July 11 - 13, 2004 at The Lodge and Conference Center at Grand National in Opelika, Alabama.

During the conference, graduate faculty gave presentations on prerequisites and required subject knowledge for Masters and PhD degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics.   Each presentation was followed by discussion.   

There was also be a panel discussion on curriculum, advising, mentoring, and GRE preparation.


Sunday, July 11, 2004 - Tuesday, July 13, 2004


Check-in and Registration:                      

Sunday:              2:00 - 4:00 pm



Sunday:               4:00 - 4:30 pm



Sunday:              4:30 - 8:00 pm

Monday:              8:00 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday:             8:00 - 12:15 pm


Dr. Mohan Aggarwal, Physics, Alabama A & M University

Dr. Juan Gilbert, Computer Science, Auburn University

Dr. Howard Hargis, Chemistry, Auburn University

Dr. Joseph Ng, Biology, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr. Marius Nkashama, Mathematics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Pradosh Ray, Engineering, Tuskegee University


Conference Organizers: 

Dr. Louis Dale , Vice President and LSAMP/AGEP Project Director, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Overtoun Jenda , Associate Dean and LSAMP/AGEP PI, Auburn University


Hotel information and Directions: 

The Lodge and Conference Center at Grand National

3700 Sunbelt Parkway

Opelika, AL 36801

Phone:       334-741-9292

Toll-free: 877-563-4301  

From I-85 take the Hwy 280 Exit at Opelika (exit #58)

Go West on Hwy 280 to Lee County 97 (Grand National Pkwy)

Travel 2.5 miles to Sunbelt Pkwy.

Turn right onto Sunbelt Pkwy and travel 1 mile to The Lodge Entrance.

From Birmingham via Hwy 280, go East on Hwy 280 to Lee County 97 (Grand National Pkwy), and follow the directions above.

See map and location at