New LSAMP Scholars find support

New LSAMP Scholars find support

Even before they have attended their first official class at The Ohio State University, the 20 new LSAMP Scholars were already learning the ropes at the university through the first annual Ohio State LSAMP STEM Bridge Program. Over 2 ½ weeks, the Scholars were introduced to faculty, staff and resources at the university, helping them to navigate Ohio State and the surrounding area. The students participated in programs and courses that provided them with experiences in STEM such as problem solving, study skills, and hands-on activities in STEM with departments at the university. LSAMP Scholars also had lunch-and-learns, field trips to COSI, Stone Lab, Cedar Point, and the Columbus Clippers, as well as campus tours and a scavenger hunt.

The LSAMP STEM Bridge Program culminated with an Awards Luncheon, where Dr. Lisa Abrams, instructor for “Problem Solving in STEM,” and Drs. Tiffany Rye-McCurdy and Nancy Santagata, instructors for “Integrated Science,” presented their awards for their respective classes.

Best AttitudeReggie Woods (Biology)
Best EffortErick Bundotich (Computer Science Information)
Top of the ClassGrant Ingram (Neuroscience)

Best AttitudeZaria Smith (Zoology)
Best EffortDevine Van Dross (Biology)
Top of the ClassNicole Reinhold-Larsson (Microbiology)

Also honored were the three LSAMP Scholar Mentors: Alejandra Maiz, Dennis Omari, and Nathan Lamba.

As Devine Van Dross stated in his closing reflection, the LSAMP STEM Bridge Program made him more in tune with what's to come and what to expect as he starts his academic journey at Ohio State. And in the process, he – and his fellow LSAMP Scholars – formed some very strong bonds that will last through the next four years and beyond.

2015 LSAMP STEM Bridge Program Participants
Erick Bundotich
Jeffrey Enamorado
Olivia Guzman
Antonio Hernandez
Mariah Howard
Grant Ingram
Jaelyn Johnson
Justin Lennon
Tevon Martinez
Alicia Mendoza
Brittany Mosley
Lizbeth Negron Irizarry
Nicole Reinhold-Larsson
Ahmir Robinson
Deja Rush
Zaria Smith
Jennifer Stafford
Jesse Ugwuegbu
Devine Van Dross
Reggie Woods

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program works to increase the number of underrepresented students in STEM fields. The program is named in honor of Congressman Louis Stokes, who worked diligently to increase the number of underrepresented students graduating with degrees in STEM fields. Congressman Stokes recently passed away at the age of 90.