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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

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 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Academic Diversity Officer, 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