Penn GSE CMSI

Levon T. Esters

Senior Research Associate

Levon T. Esters is an associate professor of youth development at Purdue University and a Senior Research Associate at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Levon's research focuses on the STEM career development of underrepresented minorities, mentoring of females and URM graduate students in STEM, and the role of historically Black land-grant institutions in fostering the STEM success of females and underrepresented minorities. He is also Director of the Mentoring@Purdue (M@P) program which is designed to increase the number of women and URMs receiving post-secondary STEM-based agricultural and life sciences degrees in Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. He is a proud alumnus of two HBCUs (B.S. from Florida A&M University and M.S. from North Carolina A&T State University). He received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.