Miami’s LSAMP program receives national award for third time for its support of underrepresented students
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognizes Miami’s commitment to enable more students of color to explore its STEM programs
Miami University’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program has been named a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine 2023 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award.
The award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
"We are thrilled to receive this award three consecutive years," Miami President Gregory Crawford said. "This program is significant to Miami's student success mission and is a testament to the inclusive environment we continue cultivating on our campuses."
LSAMP is an honors program funded by the National Science Foundation.
The objective of Miami’s four-year LSAMP program, which began in 2014, is to significantly increase historically underrepresented minority student recruitment, retention, and attainment of STEM degrees at Miami, their subsequent matriculation into graduate schools, and future entry into STEM careers. It is 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.
"Once again, it's very gratifying for Miami's LSAMP program to be nationally recognized for our efforts to make our campus a more attractive and inclusive home to a wide variety of STEM undergraduate students from different backgrounds," said Chris Makaroff, dean of the College of Arts and Science. "I congratulate and thank our two LSAMP leaders, Carolyn Craig and Paida Hakutangwi, as well as all the faculty and staff on the LSAMP Advisory Board, for their hard work in support of our students."
The program offers faculty-mentored undergraduate research opportunities, stipends for participation, conference travel costs, academic advising, and graduate school preparation, among other benefits.
The program started in all 2014 with 17 students and continues to grow every year.
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has described its Inspiring Programs in STEM award as “a tribute to the people and programs that encourage and inspire a new generation of people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”