From:                              Kristin Morgan Pickering, LSAMP Program Coordinator []

Sent:                               Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:49 AM


Subject:                          News from the Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation





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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 treat.

Have a terrific and productive semester!


Dr. Marcus L. Martin

Around the Alliance



Bennett College for Women

The LSAMP Project at Bennett College for Women
In keeping with Bennett College for Women's initiative: Educate, Celebrate, Oasis, the LSAMP Program at Bennett College for Women can optimistically say... Read more.




Elizabeth City State University

ECSU Welcomes 2009 VA-NC LSAMP Bridge Program
Elizabeth City State University welcomed 29 new freshmen from across the eastern seaboard of the US to this year's VA-NC LSAMP Bridge Program. Participants were selected out of 67 applicants based on... Read more.




George Mason University

George Mason LSAMP Program News
During the summer of 2009, twenty students enrolled in the two-week Bridge Program, which was divided into two sessions. The focus of the morning session was... Read more.




Johnson C. Smith University

LSAMP Summer Science Learning Community Program Underway
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Science Learning Community Program kicked off on Sunday, June 21, 2009, with a reception and dinner in... Read more.




Saint Augustine's College

Peer Teaching - A Great Success
A major activity within the Virginia/North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation program at Saint Augustine's College is the Academic Bridge Program. This activity has assisted more than sixty (60) students... Read more.




University of Virginia

The University of Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation May, 2009 Graduates
Four years have passed since the incoming 2005 class entered the University of Virginia. Within this four year time span, students have studied, meet new friends, had fun, and graduated in their... Read more. (PDF, 770 KB)




Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU's VA-NC LSAMP Summer Transition
Virginia Commonwealth University hosted 22 pre-freshmen this summer in the Summer Transition program STP. As part of the VA-NC LSAMP, STP spanned four weeks and offered pre-freshmen STEM students the opportunity to... Read more.




Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

VA-NC LSAMP @ Virginia Tech MAOP Summer Research Internship 2009
Virginia Tech's Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) has seven VA-NC LSAMP students participating in its' ten-week Summer Research Internship (SRI.) Interns are conducting some dynamic research under the tutelage of VT faculty advisors in... Read more.






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