Save These Dates!
- October 27-29, 2009 -- Diversity
Career Day events at the University of Virginia
- April 12-13, 2010 -- VA-NC LSAMP
Annual Symposium at Bennett College for Women
Welcome to Fall Semester, 2009!
We at the Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority
Participation (VA-NC LSAMP) are excited to be approaching the half way
point of our five year funding cycle with the National Science
Foundation. We anticipate increased enrollments in the STEM fields
at each of our partner schools and an increased level of programmatic
activity. Program Coordinators at each partner schools have
prepared extensive reports for the National Science Foundation on
enrollment, degrees, and activities.
As we begin the semester, the VA-NC LSAMP says farewell to William B.
Harvey who served as Principal Investigator since VA-NC LSAMP's
inception. Dr. Harvey has accepted the position of Executive
Director at the International Reading Association. As Interim Vice
President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity I will serve as
Principal Investigator. I have been involved with VA-NC LSAMP since
the writing of the original proposal and served as Co-Principal
Investigator. We wish Dr. Harvey all the best in his new role
increasing literacy around the world.
This summer, Kristin Morgan, VA-NC LSAMP Program Coordinator, and I had
the distinct pleasure of having breakfast with one of our alliance
students who conducted research at the University of Virginia (U.Va.) for
ten weeks this summer. Michelle Jackson who hails from Johnson C.
Smith University in Charlotte, NC conducted research this summer with the
Summer Research Internship Program at U.Va. and focused on blood
coagulation. Michelle explains that "we are looking at the different
factor deficiencies trying to figure out what patients in trauma and in
the operating room would be more susceptible to clotting problems. If the
doctors know this they can use it to treat the patients with certain
medications before the operation or know what to do for the patient if
the medication option is not obtainable." Michelle is ahead of the
curve with early research experiences and is headed towards a great
future in scientific research! We encourage all of our juniors to
secu re research and/or internship opportunities for the summer after
junior year. It is a critical time for undergraduates to gain
hands-on experience and prepare for applying to graduate school.
Speaking of graduate school, we look forward to seeing many of you at
U.Va. for the VA-NC LSAMP's Second Annual Graduate School Preparation
Retreat from September 18th to the 20th. The keynote speaker will
be Dr. Howard G. Adams, motivational speaker and President and founder of
H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc. U.Va. faculty and graduate
students will provide reviews of personal statements, resumes, and
graduate school applications. Your home institution will provide
the travel expenses while U.Va. LSAMP will provide the program and meals
during the retreat. There is no registration fee for this
event. At some point during the 2009-2010 academic year we hope you
will take advantage of at least one opportunity to travel to one of our
partner institutions, whether to present your research at the annual symposium
to be held at Bennett College for Women, conduct research at one of the
partner institutions, or to attend the Graduate School Preparation Re
Have a terrific and productive semester!
Dr. Marcus L. Martin
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