The Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) was launched in November 2005 with a grant from the National Science Foundation. The MI-LSAMP partners the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Western Michigan in an effort to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and prepare them for entry into graduate programs. These partners are “flagship” institutions in the State of Michigan and represent the diversity of public doctoral research extensive institutions in the nation.
To accomplish its goal, the MI-LSAMP uses the following approaches:
Pre-First Year Programs:
For more than 20 years the UM College of Engineering has sponsored acclimation programs for incoming first year students. These programs prepare students for the rigors of college life and participants have achieved significantly higher grade point averages than their counterparts. The MI-LSAMP has expanded this opportunity to allow students to also participate in science, technology and mathematics programs. MI-LSAMP sponsored Pre-First Year programs are offered at Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan.
Michigan Undergraduate Research Consortium (MURC):
Participation in research is a proven way to enhance the educational experience and encourage students to pursue careers in STEM fields. The MURC was established to provide significant numbers of first and second year students with authentic research experiences, integrate research activities and findings into core STEM curricula, and enhance the research capacity, infrastructure, and culture of affiliate institutions that have traditionally focused on undergraduate education. All students whose research experience is supported by the MI-LSAMP are required to participate in the MI-LSAMP annual Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by Wayne State University.
Once admitted to the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University or Western Michigan University, contact the MI-LSAMP Program Manager for information on becoming a MI-LSAMP Scholar.