LSAMP STEM Bridge Program

LSAMP student ready to take boat out onto Lake Erie

The LSAMP STEM Bridge Program introduces incoming underrepresented minority students to the world of opportunities in the STEM community by providing students with experiences in which they will gain skills to work with faculty in laboratory settings; become familiar with academic and professional resources; and discover their identities through engagement with the university. Through the Bridge Program, students develop a strong foundation to achieve academic success and earn their STEM degree.

Programming of The LSAMP STEM
Bridge Program

July 29 - August 16, 2018

Courses

Problem Solving in STEM
This course is instructed by faculty from the Department of Mathematics. It is a mathematics for STEM applications course. It will help students succeed in their STEM disciplines and encourage them to learn math by providing a better understanding of why they learn the various skill sets in math. In addition to interactions with the instructor, the course uses the ALEKS online program, a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and does not know. The program then instructs the student on the topics he/she is most ready to learn. This course is designed to benefit all participants, regardless of their previous math placement, scores, or experiences.

Integrated Sciences
This course is instructed by faculty from the College of Agriculture and Envirnomental Science and the Department of Chemistry. The purpose of this course is to provide research-enhanced laboratory and field experiences that encompass biological and physical sciences. Students will gain a greater understanding of how the different disciplines relate to each other and how interdisciplinary approaches strengthen the scientific discovery process. In addition to becoming familiar with the biology and chemistry laboratories, students will get to experience working at the Wetlands Research Park, a large-scale aquatic research facility on the Ohio State campus.

STEM Study Skills System (S4)
This course is instructed by staff from the The Dennis Learning Center. This course, specifically designed for STEM students, helps prepare students for academic success. The following topics are part of this course:

  • Building Motivation for Learning
  • Overcoming Procrastination and Managing Your Time
  • Boosting Concentration and Limiting Distractions
  • Understanding Memory and Using Memory Strategies
  • Taking, Editing, and Reviewing Lecture Notes
  • Reading, Marking, and Organizing Text Information
  • Preparing for and Taking Tests
  • Developing Organized and Engaging Papers and Speeches
  • In addition, the course will be augmented with topics in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, and problem solving. The course is broken into four key elements: cognition, motivation, behavior, and context.

Technical Communications
This course is instructed by faculty from the College of Engineering. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the writing and communicating as a STEM Major. Topics covered in the course include written communication (lab memo, lab report, project notebook), oral communication (oral presentations, multimedia, posters, slides, videos), and effective communication strategies (organization, grammar, punctuation, and writing styles). Resources of the Ohio State libraries are reviewed. This course is coordinated with the other Bridge Program courses, and written homework assignments from these other courses are evaluated. 

Lunch-and-Learns

On planned days throughout the summer, students will particpate in presentations and workshops, and over the lunch hours. Topics include: stress management, professional development, and campus resources. Catered lunch is provided.

Scholar Mentor-Led Activities

Three Scholar Mentors are selected from applicants of LSAMP Scholars who are juniors or seniors. These Scholar Mentors are put through a training program that includes modules on

  • Building the Relationship with Your Mentee
  • Creative Programming
  • Understanding Identity Development
  • Risk and Behavior Management
  • Cultural Competence

Scholar Mentor-Led Activities include: scavenger hunt, study tables, tours of research laboratories, dinners and other meals, rock climbing and other recreational activities, and social activities. LSAMP Scholars are also taken on tours of academic resource centers, including the Math/Stats lab, University Libraries, Museum of Biological Diversity, and the Younkin Success Center.

Stone Laboratory Research Experience

LSAMP students dissect a fish

LSAMP Scholars will have their first experience with undergraduate research through the Stone Laboratory Research Experience. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of The Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. The lab serves as a base for more than 65 researchers from 12 agencies and academic institutions, all working year-round to solve the most pressing problems facing the Great Lakes.

Students will be separated into two groups. Each group will spend two hours on the research vessel collecting environmental and biological data. Students then spend two hours in the laboratory recording and analyzing the data. They dissect fish and learn fish identification techniques, using a dichotomous key to determine the identity of selected families of fish. They examine live phytoplankton and zooplankton under compound microscopes and record observations.

In addition to collecting data for the experimental station, students participate in a limnology overview, including discussion of the geology, chemistry, physics, and biology of aquatic ecosystems. They are provided hour-long classes in herpetology and ornithology, and contribute to data collection for the island during an island hike.