Funded by the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) and the Division of Graduate Education (EHR Award No. 2042655), this conference project aims to bring together professors, senior university officials, industry experts, and government sponsors, to explore ways to accelerate research in AI and QIS, and introduce learning activities in AI and QIS early in the education of students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Data science (DS), AI, and QIS will have long term and cross-cutting influence on future technologies, education, the workforce, and our lives. HSIs are colleges and universities with more than 25% Hispanic student enrollment, educating more than two-thirds of America’s Hispanic students. Connecting faculty and senior leadership at HSIs, and minority-serving institutions in general, to the networks and resources to support national needs, is expected to increase the number of underrepresented science and engineering students who will contribute to the future STEM workforce. The expected outcomes of this conference will be roadmaps that define pressing research questions and create educational initiatives in AI and QIS for the institutions in attendance.