2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine

press release

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 a member of the Ohio LSAMP Alliance that includes 11 Ohio universities and community colleges.

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. Started in the Fall of 2014 with seventeen students, Miami’s LSAMP program has significantly grown every year.

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 course work (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
  • Stipend for active participants each term
  • Graduate & professional school preparation
  • Financial support for participating in summer research experiences
  • Participation in the statewide LSAMP conferences
  • Internship opportunities and career exploration
  • Involvement in LSAMP student organization (S.T.E.M)
  • STEM-related community volunteer opportunities


photo of Carolyn S. CraigCarolyn S. Craig, MBA, CDP, ACCQP

Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Academic Diversity Officer, College of Arts & Science
LSAMP Lead PI & Interim Program Coordinator, Miami University