Coordinator for Inclusive Strategic Partnerships and AGEP & SROP Program Director
Steven Thomas is the Coordinator for Inclusive Strategic Partnerships as well as the Program Director the MSU Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) and the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). Steven also manages campus-wide diversity recruitment efforts at national conferences and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) as well as organizes McNair site visits for students interested in graduate study. He facilitates an annual virtual GRFP grant-writing workshop for MSU students and MSI partner institutions. Steven is a co-investigator of the NSF-funded Midwest Experiences in Mentoring Excellence (MEME) initiative. The MEME project goals are to create cross-institutional infrastructure to improve the mentoring experiences of faculty color in STEM with a special focus on women of color in STEM.
Prior to working with TGS, Steven also worked for the Colleges of Human Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Natural Science at MSU. Steven obtained his masters in organic chemistry from Michigan State University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, where he also was a former lecturer. Steven has also worked for Morgan State University as technical writing consultant for The Baltimore Region Environmental Justice in Transportation Project (BREJTP) and as a Science Consultant for the Charles H. Wright Museum for African-American History. Steven’s international experience includes working for Cornell University’s Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program in the Dominican Republic. Steven is also a member of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), American Society of Pharmacognosy, American Evaluation Association and the Association of Science Communicators. Some of his research has been published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics and Applied and Environmental Microbiology Journal. In 2023, Steven was awarded the MSU Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award (EIDA).