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About 10 students of mixed races working on computers during study tables


The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an honors program funded by the National Science Foundation. It is named after former Ohio Congressmen Louis Stokes who worked tirelessly to establish the program. Miami LSAMP is part of the Ohio LSAMP Alliance including 11 Ohio universities and community colleges. 

At Miami University, LSAMP started in the Fall of 2014 with 17 students and continues to grow every year.

LSAMP’s goal is to increase the number of well-prepared underrepresented STEM graduate students and STEM workers of the future. LSAMP welcomes underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to participate in its program. The program includes:

  • Early arrival program for entering first year students
  • Monthly meetings on topics of interest
  • Weekly study tables
  • Opportunities for on-campus and off-campus research, career development and leadership
  • Financial support for participating in undergraduate mentored research
  • Course advising and personal assistance in other areas that may affect academic performance and retention in STEM.
  • Participation in the statewide LSAMP conference
  • A stipend for active participants each term

Additional Opportunities for LSAMP Eligible Students:

  • ​Students Together Empowering Minorities (STEM), a student organization empowering students by organizing and funding corporate tours, study nights, game nights and outreach to the community.
  • Stokes Scholars Living/Learning Community (Residence Hall), encourages academic excellence, mutual social support and community engagement as students transition to Miami's Oxford campus.

For more information, please see the LSAMP FAQ page or contact Bonita Porter at or 513-529-3695 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).