FAQs

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What is Miami LSAMP all about?

LSAMP is a federally funded program whose purpose is to significantly increase the number of students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at Miami University. The LSAMP personnel provide programming to recruit, retain, and graduate these students in the STEM majors. 

Why should students add LSAMP to an already busy schedule?

Students who actively participate in LSAMP programming remain in their STEM majors longer, perform better than their peers if they decide to change majors, and get higher grades generally than their peers.

Who is eligible for Miami LSAMP?

There are four requirements, all of which must be met to be eligible for LSAMP.

  1. Must be Miami University students who belong to ethnic groups who are underrepresented in the sciences.
  2. Students must have declared a major in an approved STEM major. First year students can be accepted as undeclared if they are taking at least one course toward a STEM major.
  3. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
  4. To remain eligible, students must maintain at least a 2.8 GPA.

How do I become a part of the LSAMP program?

First-year students who meet eligibility requirements are invited to join LSAMP Early Arrival Program (EAP) through their Miami email address during the spring and early summer before they enter Miami University. Those who cannot attend the EAP are invited to join the LSAMP Orientation short course. These opportunities explain the expectations and benefits of the LSAMP program. During these programs they are given the opportunity to enroll in the LSAMP program.

Sophomores through seniors can enroll in the first 10 days of each semester by meeting with the LSAMP Director.

What are the benefits of belonging to Miami LSAMP?

  • Early Arrival Program for entering first-year underrepresented students that focuses on meeting new friends, academic enrichment and a research project submitted by local industry.
  • Faculty-mentored undergraduate research, usually starting during sophomore or junior year, some starting as early as first-year.
  • Academic and retention advising.
  • Peer mentoring for first-year students.
  • Tutoring and supplemental instruction.
  • Information on study skills, undergraduate research and career and leadership development opportunities.
  • The Ohio LSAMP Alliance Conference.
  • Students who maintain a 2.8 GPA and complete stated requirements for that term, receive stipends for their participation in LSAMP programming.
  • Updates on scholarships, internships and undergraduate research opportunities as they come up.

Who do I contact for more information?

Kim Collins, LSAMP Director, 513-529-3695 or collinkr@miamioh.edu or Dr. Rich Bretz, bretzrl@miamioh.edu

Tell me more about the Early Arrival Program (EAP).

The EAP is designed to prepare students for college level academic excellence. The EAP begins the week before fall move-in day each year. Letters of invitation to the Early Arrival Program are sent to all eligible incoming students in Spring and Early summer each year via the student’s Miami email address. Students must then apply to participate. Instructions and deadline dates for applying to this program will be given in the invitation. Due to increasing numbers, not everyone who applies may be able to participate.

The LSAMP grant covers the cost of the Early Arrival Program, including housing and meals. During the Early Arrival Program, students stay in their assigned Fall semester residence hall room and eat in the Armstrong Center food court. 

The EAP contains four parts:

Online review of Pre-Calculus 

Reviewing the math from high school has proven to improve student grades across all subjects.

An open-ended research project submitted by an area business

Real-world problems increase student interest, especially when they can present their solutions back to the company—which they will—and get awards from that company for their efforts—which they will. They also learn how to create a research question, find resources to answer that question, work in teams, and present their solutions.

Practice academic skills needed in college

Students are now competing against the top 20% of their same aged peers and the criterion for success is much higher than in high school. New skills in time management and notetaking are necessary to achieve success.

Students must also attend MADE@Miami

Students learn about the diversity programs available to them and why diversity is so important to learning and new ideas.

What is a stipend and who receives them?

A stipend is a fixed amount paid for work performed. Enrolled LSAMP participants receive a stipend of up to $300 after completion of each semester for active participation in 75% of LSAMP meetings, activities and workshops and maintaining a 2.8 overall GPA while actively working toward their STEM degree.

In addition to this stipend, enrolled LSAMP students receive fixed amounts for receiving tutoring or tutoring others, and/or working in an on-campus laboratory. 

All stipends are paid into the student’s bursar account.

LSAMP also assists with travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, or travel to oversees study opportunities that further their STEM majors.

Do LSAMP students receive priority registration like honors students?

No.

What is the process for moving into the residence halls early?

Students will have access to their residence hall by using their Miami University swipe card keys. If you have any problems accessing your room, please call the H.O.M.E. office at (513) 529-5000.

What is undergraduate research and why should I do it?

Undergraduate research is performed by college students who have not yet received their bachelor’s degree. It can start as early as the first year in college. Undergraduate research takes place in all departments at Miami University. Most undergraduate STEM research takes place in on-campus laboratories under supervision.  Research also takes place in the many Centers, Institutes and Museums housed at Miami University.

Undergraduate research is directed early on by graduate students as younger students learn specific laboratory requirements for using machines and documenting results. Junior and senior level students may get to devise their own research under the direction of a Ph.D. 

Summer and Winter term field research and on-campus opportunities are also available (through an application process).

Participation in undergraduate research has been shown to benefit students in several ways:

  • Learning the actual hands-on processes of science before reading about them in textbooks. It makes what the student reads about more concrete and understandable.
  • Students learn to devise their own experiments. The results from these experiments may be used in their senior capstone projects.
  • Students have the opportunity to write small grant proposals (funded by Miami University) to fund their own research projects.
  • Students who do undergraduate research may get free trips to share their results at regional and national professional meetings where they can meet employers and graduate school recruiters in their chosen field.
  • Undergraduate research is a “resume builder”. It is something that employers and graduate schools look for on resumes because it shows expertise and independent work habits in the laboratory setting.