The magazine INSIGHT Into Diversity has bestowed its 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM award on Miami University’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, which provides incentives and opportunities for high-achieving underrepresented minority students to achieve their goals in STEM degrees, careers, and graduate school.
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Funded by the National Science Foundation, LSAMP was named in honor of former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes (D-Ohio), who represented the east side of Cleveland as Ohio’s first elected Black congressman and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“We are excited that our LSAMP program has once again been recognized as an inspiring STEM program,” Miami University President Gregory Crawford said. “Receiving recognition for our mission to increase diversity in STEM degrees is an honor and confirms that programs like LSAMP play an essential role in diversifying STEM careers.”
President Crawford added that the LSAMP team “has shown extraordinary dedication and determination in making inclusive excellence a reality. Their efforts make way for positive social change in this region and beyond.”
The objective of Miami’s four-year LSAMP program, which began in 2014, is to significantly increase historically underrepresented minority student recruitment, retention, and attainment of STEM degrees at Miami, their subsequent matriculation into graduate schools, and future entry into STEM careers. It is jointly overseen by faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Science, the College of Engineering and Computing, the Farmer School of Business, and the College of Creative Arts.
“This award goes to all our high-achieving student scholars and the dedicated faculty and staff who work hard to ensure the success of our Miami LSAMP Program,” said Carolyn Craig, lead principal investigator and CAS director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. “This is the second time Miami LSAMP has been so honored.”
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine describes its 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM award as “a tribute to the people and programs that encourage and inspire a new generation of people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”
Chris Makaroff, dean of the College of Arts and Science, said, “Once again, I’m very proud to see our LSAMP program recognized for its ambitious efforts to make Miami a more diverse and inclusive place of learning for all our students. Carolyn deserves special thanks and praise for her tireless efforts to change the makeup of our accomplished student body for the better.”