Brian Collins II

Graduate Research Assistant

Urban Education
Troy, New York


  • Ph.D., Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (in progress)
  • M.Ed., Secondary Education, Xavier University
  • B.M., Music Composition, Baldwin Wallace University


My research interests are examining ways to improve the rate of success for underrepresented racial minorities in higher education.

Outside of academia, I have an interest in playing the piano, cooking, video games, and fitness.


Currently under review:
HIV Status, Partner HIV Status, and Condom Use: Testing the AIDS Risk Reduction Model.

Research Interests

Examining the factors which increase under-represented minority (URM) success and retention in higher education.

Current Projects


An implementation of model eliciting activities using science-based community issues as contexts for learning among underrepresented minority middle school students. The project will evaluate teacher preparedness for teaching such course material along with student. The goal of the project is to increase the number of underrepresented minority middle school students who are prepared for advanced secondary STEM courses. 

The Enhancing Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER):
An evaluation of IUPUI faculty who are history underrepresented and/or excluded in their area of discipline. The goal of the project is to support IUPUI minority faculty in achieving significant career advancement and growth in their respective fields.

Professional Associations

  • McNair Scholars
  • American Psychological Association

Advising Areas

University of Indianapolis 2015-Present
Academic Advisor for the School of Science, Business and Social Behavioral Sciences

Indiana University Kokomo 2014-2016
Academic Advisor for the School of Science, Social Behavioral Science, and Humanities