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Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Miami University’s nationally recognized Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) honors program is funded by the National Science Foundation. It is named after Louis Stokes, who was Ohio’s first elected Black congressman. Miami LSAMP is a member of the Ohio LSAMP Alliance, which includes 11 Ohio universities and community colleges.

Our Goal

The nationally recognized Miami University LSAMP program is a 4-year scholars program with the purpose to significantly increase historically underrepresented minority student recruitment, retention, and attainment of STEM degrees from Miami University, subsequent graduate schools, and future entry into STEM careers.

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, LSAMP welcomes underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to participate in its program. Starting in the Fall of 2014 with seventeen students, Miami’s LSAMP program has significantly grown every year.

Nationally Recognized

The magazine INSIGHT Into Diversity has bestowed its 2023 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.

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. 

Our Program Features

  • Early Arrival Program (Pre-Fall Semester) for entering first-year students
  • Academic success coaching & programming and course advising
  • Tutoring and supplemental instruction in STEM-related coursework (math, chemistry, biology)
  • Mentoring from the LSAMP Program Director, dedicated STEM faculty, and upperclass LSAMP peers
  • Meetings with and access to CAS, CEC, and CCA Deans and other key leaders in the school
  • LSAMP-eligible specific First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) class
  • Participation in Living Learning Community (Stokes Scholars) for first-year LSAMP-eligible scholars

2024 Louis Stokes Trailblazer Award

Jules Jefferson

This award is given to one scholar who demonstrates active leadership on campus and in the community. This scholar is actively involved in STEM-related work such as research, internships, leading STEM organizations, and/or volunteering.

Biochemistry/Nutrition with co-majors in Environmental Science and Premedical Sciences,

What's next for you?
I will be attending medical and participating in an MD-Ph.D (Biological Sciences) Graduate Program at Ohio State University.
What is one of your proudest moments at Miami?
Being elected Student Body Vice President, President's Distinguished Service Award, Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award
Please share one of your favorite things about LSAMP.
Hearing the doctor come speak.

2024 Outstanding LSAMP Scholar Award

Stella Lukusa

This award is given to one scholar who actively participates in LSAMP, attends events, assists LSAMP scholars in need, and is always willing to contribute, celebrate, and improve the LSAMP program. This scholar is always engaged and striving for success in LSAMP.

Biology/Premedical Studies with a French minor

What's next for you?

I Will complete a one-year Post-Baccalaureate Program and then go to Medical School at either the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, MO, or the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in WI. Protein engineering/structural biology is my research interest area.

What is one of your proudest moments at Miami?

Attending the Government Relations Network Alternative Spring Break Conference in Washington, DC. and being President of MAPS

Please share one of your favorite things about LSAMP.

LSAMP has been a remarkable part of my journey at Miami because of the opportunities, career development, ABRCMS, connections, and mentoring and coaching from Ms. Carolyn. She really cares about students.

Preparing You for Beyond Miami

  • Graduate & professional school preparation
  • Financial support for participating in summer research experiences
  • Participation in the statewide LSAMP conferences
  • Internship opportunities and career exploration
  • STEM-related community volunteer opportunities


Carolyn S. Craig, MBA, CDP, ACCQP

Director of Inclusive Excellence Strategies and Initiatives
Director, LEADS Institute, College of Arts and Science
LSAMP Lead Principle Investigator and Program Director, Miami University



LSAMP Program

Miami University's nationally recognized LSAMP Scholars Program aims to significantly increase high-achieving underrepresented minority student recruitment, retention, and attainment in STEM degrees and careers, and graduate school.

2020, 2022 and 2023 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award