Amanda Langendoerfer, associate dean of libraries for special collections and museums, will attend “Textual Mobilities: Works, Books & Reading Across Early Modern Europe,” June 10-15 in Philadelphia. The one-week course is the final class Langendoerfer needs to obtain a certificate of proficiency from the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. The competitive program offers professional development for librarians, curators, collectors and anyone interested in the field of rare books. During the past four years, Langendoerfer has participated in four additional courses toward the completion of her certification.

Nine students attended the first annual MoLSAMP Undergraduate Research Symposium in St. Louis March 23-25. The students are current scholars in the Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. Devin Hudson, junior computer science major, presented his group’s research on Virtual Learning Environments for children with autism. Scholars were also able to meet Dwyane Smith, alumnus and first director of the Multicultural Affairs Center on Truman’s campus. While at the conference, scholars participated in professional development sessions, networking activities and a graduate school fair. Underrepresented students in the following majors are encouraged to join the MoLSAMP Program: agricultural sciences, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics and statistics. Participants receive STEM-specific advising and academic tutoring, opportunities to conduct paid summer research, as well as the opportunity to enroll in classes designed to help prepare for undergraduate research and learn the important interconnectedness of the STEM fields. Participation in the program is free. To learn more, stop by STEP Office in Magruder Hall 3101 or email

Students pose for a picture with Dwyane Smith, alumnus and first director of Truman’s Multicultural Affairs Center, at the MoLSAMP Undergraduate Research Conference. Front row, from left to right: Alyssa Tipler, Elsa Schenk, Marissa Pina and Azeeza Eagal. Back row, from left to right: Dwyane Smith, Ari Vera, Cameron Banks, Devin Hudson, Aliyah Daniels and Frederick Henry.
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