Rafael E. Bahamonde, Ph.D.
Rafael Bahamonde, Ph.D., will serve as the IPREP Program Director. Dr. Bahamonde is the Founding Dean in the School of Health & Humans Sciences and is a Professor of Kinesiology. He is the Co-Chair of the Education committee and member of the Steering Committee of the Indiana Center for Muscuslskleta Health. He has served as a mentor in multiple undergraduate research programs such as Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), McNair Scholars Program, Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), University Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and the HBCU STEM. He was the director of the Diversity Scholar Research Program (DSRP) at IUPUI from 2006-2008. He was the Co-PI of the NIH-funded IUPUI Bridges to the Baccalaureate and serves as a member of the center of the management team for the NSF-funded Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence and was the chair of the diversity committee for American Kinesiology Association.
Kim Nguyen, Ed.D.
Coordinator of Recruitment for IPREP
Kim Nguyen, Ed.D., will serve as the Coordinator of Recruitment for IPREP. Dr. Nguyen is the recipient of three major projects funded by the National Science Foundation for URM students in STEM. She co-directs the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE), the Scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) and is the Project Director of the Indiana STEM LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) program at IUPUI. She also co-directs the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship programs that facilitate the increase in numbers of Math and Science Secondary teachers. Dr. Nguyen has many years of experience as the Assistant Dean for enrollment in the IUPUI School of Science and Assistant Director of Student Financial Aid at multiple institutions including Ivy Tech and IUPUI.
Janice S. Blum, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Graduate School Preparation and Application Activities
Janice S. Blum, Ph.D., will serve as the Coordinator of Graduate School Preparation and Application Activities for IPREP and will assist in coordinating the transition of IPREP scholars to competitive Ph.D. programs on this or other campuses. Dr. Blum is Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education on campus overseeing admissions for all campus graduate and professional degree programs. She is also an Associate Dean of the University Graduate School for Indiana University charged with overseeing the graduate and professional programs for 15 different schools. Dr. Blum has been the director of an NIH T32 training grant for more than 12 years, serves on the advisory committee for our Medical Scientist Training Program, and she co-directs a T35 program to engage medical students in research on campus. She has also been actively involved in fostering programs and practices that attract learners from underrepresented populations to IUPUI graduate programs. She has received the campus' highest award for her mentoring efforts with diverse students and holds a Chancellor's professorship. She has served on the advisory board of the IU Bridges to the Doctorate program since its inception, and she also serves on the oversight committee for the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) STEM Initiative sponsored by Indiana University and the US Department of the Navy.
Michele J. Hansen, Ph.D.
Internal Program Evaluator
Dr. Michele J. Hansen will serve as the evaluator. She provides support and coordination to ensure that the program evaluation activities are successfully carried out. She also monitors program implementation carefully, and makes any necessary recommendation for improvements, to ensure that the intended short- and long-term objectives are obtained. Her role is critical to collecting data and tracking the Fellows over time to determine if all objectives are met. She assists in preparing reports for the Advisory Committee and for preparing manuscripts on the program evaluation for peer reviewed education journals and conference presentations (dissemination). Additionally, she collects data that will inform senior leadership in deciding which elements of the IPREP program should be institutionalized.
Ann C. Kimble-Hill, Ph.D.
Ann C. Kimble-Hill, Ph.D. will serve as the Program Coordinator. Dr. Kimble-Hill earned her doctoral degree here as a part of the IUPUI community. She served as the president of the underrepresented graduate organization on campus for several years, spearheading programming that connected and supported minority students across the IUPUI campus. Currently, Dr. Kimble-Hill is a Visiting Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and has mentored students in multiple undergraduate research programs including the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE), the Life-Health Science Internship Program (LHSI), Bridges to the Baccalaureate, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP), American Chemical Society Project Seed, Biology/Chemistry Department capstone classes, Purpose of Life Ministries and Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP). She also serves on several non-profit board/committees including being the principal investigator for several foundation grants to support and organize regional science and education programming (2008-2011 Midwest Biotech Conferences - National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), 2013 Fall National Meeting Symposium - American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee for Minority Affairs). Dr. Kimble-Hill will be responsible for day-to-day operations; processing applications; developing individual development programs for each participant; serving as an advocate for the participants; ensuring consistency in mentoring experiences; monitoring short- and long-term student progress and success; facilitating group activities such as seminars and journal clubs; and connecting students with other student and URM programs and activities on the IUPUI campus.
Dominique M. Galli, Ph.D.
Associate Program Director
Office: DS 261
Dominique M Galli, MSc, Ph.D., the Associate Program Director for the IPREP program, serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Research and Learning (CRL) of the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, and is an Associate Professor of Biomedical and Applied Sciences. Prof. Galli has over 25 years of experience in biomedical research and mentored students at the graduate, professional and undergraduate level including URM students. She was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the CRL in 2015. The CRL provides research programs and scholarships to all undergraduate students, including those from diverse backgrounds. As program co-director, Prof. Galli will be responsible for assistance with overall program organization and implementation, resolving participant-mentor grievances, student selection, and meeting on a regular basis with IPREP participants. She will become the Director of the IPREP program in the event that Dr. Burr is unable to serve in this capacity.