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FAQs

What is Miami LSAMP all about?

LSAMP is a federally funded program whose purpose is to significantly increase the number of students underrepresented in STEM, who are recruited, retained and receive degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Miami LSAMP is part of the Ohio LSAMP Alliance.

Who is eligible for Miami LSAMP?

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

  1. 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.

How do I become a part of the LSAMP program?

Miami University students who meet eligibility requirements must complete the Early Arrival Program or Orientation short course, an enrollment form and student agreement.

What are the benefits of belonging to Miami LSAMP?

  • Early Arrival Program to entering first-year underrepresented students that focuses on social integration, 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.
  • Workshops in study skills, undergraduate research and career development.
  • 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.
  • Leadership opportunities within the student organization.
  • Updates on scholarships, internships and undergraduate research opportunities as they come up.

Who do I contact for more information?

Bonita Porter, LSAMP Director, 513-529-3695 or porterbm@miamioh.edu.

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

The EAP is designed to prepare students for college level academic excellence. Letters of invitation to the Early Arrival Program are sent to all eligible incoming students in May or June each year. The LSAMP grant covers the cost of the Early Arrival Program, including housing and meals.

The EAP contains four parts:

  1. An online review of mathematics through Pre-Calculus using ALEKS tutorials that focus on each students’ needs as defined in a pre-test. We have found that students who review their mathematics before taking their first class need fewer remedial courses in college and succeed in their major courses at a higher rate.
  2. Students work on an open-ended research question submitted by an area business. This process includes training on resources available in the University libraries and how to create a science poster and present it to business. 
  3. Work on study skills needed to succeed in college. 
  4. All LSMAP students must also attend MADE@Miami, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Affairs.

During the early arrival program, students stay in the dormitories they have selected for the Fall semester and eat in the cafeteria.

What is a stipend and who receives them?

A stipend is a fixed amount paid as a salary or allowance 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.

Do LSAMP students receive priority registration like honors students?

No.

What is the process for moving into the dormitories early?

Students should be able to meet the concierge (a student worker) in the dormitory to get directions and assistance with moving in. If that person is unavailable, please call Bonita Porter (cell: 513-910-8324) or Dr. James Kiper for assistance. 

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. Undergraduate research takes place in all departments at Miami University. Most STEM research takes place in on-campus laboratories under supervision. 

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. after learning how to use lab equipment, use the scientific method to devise experiments and create their own research goals.

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.
  • 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, thus learning how grant funding operates.
  • 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.
  • Some students have done so much work on experiments, they receive co-author credit for their work.
  • Undergraduate research is something that employers and graduate schools look for on resumes because it shows solid and independent work habits in the laboratory setting.