Miami University is one of 11 Ohio colleges and universities that will share a five-year $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant to help increase underrepresented student success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
The grant, awarded through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, establishes an alliance that will work to double the number of bachelor’s degrees completed in STEM fields at partner institutions within five years. Efforts will incorporate evidence-based strategies for successful recruitment, retention and degree completion.
Alliancewide activities will include innovative curricular reforms in mathematics, an interactive website, shared online courses and workshops, diversity sensitivity training and a research conference. Each institution will provide advisement and counseling, residential summer bridge programs, paid undergraduate research opportunities and mentoring, tutoring and supplemental instruction.
Among specific objectives are to:
Other activities planned as part of the program include:
James Kiper, professor and chair of computer science and software engineering, and Chris Makaroff, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science, co-lead Miami's participation.
The Ohio alliance includes seven four-year institutions: University of Cincinnati and Central State, Cleveland State, Miami, Ohio State, Wilberforce and Wright State universities. Community colleges include Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Columbus State, Cuyahoga and Sinclair community colleges. The alliance will also collaborate with community partners, an industry advisory board and other programs supported by the National Science Foundation.