From: Kristin Morgan Pickering, LSAMP Program Coordinator []

Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:36 PM


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











Save These Dates!

         April 6, 2009 Partner Meeting/Alliance Students Tour Virginia Tech

         April 7, 2009 Second Annual Alliance Symposium at Virginia Tech

         June 9-11, 2009 NSF Joint Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.



Spring Semester 2009 Bulletin

Welcome to the spring semester of 2009! The recent inauguration of our 44th President of the United States heralds promise for a stronger educational foundation, increased access, and a wider range of opportunities for this country's African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American populations. In alignment with these necessary changes the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (VA-NC LSAMP) continues to strive to increase the number of underrepresented minorities graduating from the alliance with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

This fall a number of opportunities were offered to students in the alliance. Virginia Tech sponsored a successful Graduate School Application Retreat with participants from six partner schools. The University of Virginia hosted Diversity Career Day with participants from Bennett College for Women and George Mason University as well as launched the first Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences' Science Career Symposium at the University of Virginia an outreach event for middle and high school students. Read articles about these and other exciting happenings at each of our partner schools below.

This spring, Alliance students will have the opportunity to share their research experiences when the second annual undergraduate research symposium convenes at Virginia Tech on April 7th. Students will have an opportunity to practice their presentations, tour Virginia Tech and hear a motivational speaker on the 6th. While the students are engaged the principal investigators and program coordinators will meet to discuss business matters. The symposium will start early on the 7th with oral and poster presentations. This semester principal investigator William B. Harvey will continue to conduct site visits to partner schools. The Alliance Advisory Board will convene early this spring to assess the alliance's progress and provide constructive advice.

The Alliance management team wishes you all the best in spring 2009!

Around the Alliance



Bennett College for Women

LSAMP at Bennett College for Women
At Bennett College for Women, recruiting for the VA-NC LSAMP program has definitely not been a problem. Even though... Read more.



Elizabeth City State University

 ECSU Students Charter VA-NC LSAMP Club at ECSU
On Friday, Dec. 12th it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at ECSU where 50+ level one and level two VA-NC LSAMP students... Read more.



George Mason University

Mason - AMP Empowers and Engages Students
Mariana Cruz (2nd year Civil and Infrastructure Engineering major; 2nd year LSAMP Program participant) worked tirelessly during... Read more.



Johnson C. Smith University

Future JCSU Freshmen Reflect on their Summer Successes
JCSU President Ronald L. Carter congratulated... Read more.




Saint Augustine's College

The Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (VA-NC AMP) at Saint Augustine's College
Students, who participated in the Academic Bridge Program during 2007-2008, were eligible... Read more.



University of Virginia

Hispanic Engineering Group Wins National Award
Peter Rios (BME '09) has helped the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at U.Va. double in size and get a $7,000 grant. He was one of... Read more.



Virginia Commonwealth University

A Tour of the VCU Rice Center
Twenty-two incoming freshmen majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) participated in the 2008 Summer Transition Program (STP). The inaugural... Read more.



Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

VT-AMP Graduate School Preparation Retreat
Over 20 students and faculty from seven Virginia/North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation... Read more.






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