Thursday, May 30, 2024

Louisiana Tech selects second cohort for LSLAMP scholars

by BIZ Magazine

In its second year at Louisiana Tech University, eight students have been selected for the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP) program.

LSLAMP is a statewide program aimed at increasing the number and quality of minority students enrolling in and completing bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and going on to pursue graduate studies in STEM disciplines.

“This transdisciplinary program provides support, access, and opportunity for our students to engage in research experiences that will prepare them for work with industry and academic leaders upon graduation,” said Dr. Lindsey Keith-Vincent, principal investigator for the initiative. “It is heartening to see faculty and staff collaborate to support and guide these talented students through their experiences at Tech.”

Students selected for the second cohort represent majors in three of Tech’s five colleges:

  • Da’Monique August of Jeanerette, Biology major
  • Janae Dotson of McKinney, Texas, Nanosystems Engineering major with Chemical Engineering concentration
  • Angel Guillory of Opelousas, Psychology major
  • Aaliyah Jackson of Monroe, Mechanical Engineering major
  • Akeena Obaze of Dallas, Chemistry major with Pre-Medicine focus
  • Kiswayla Scott of Zachary, Biology and Psychology majors
  • Savannah Spivey of Ruston, Chemistry major    
  • Michael Stubblefield II of Zachary, Mechanical Engineering major

“We are extremely excited to see the LS-LAMP program growing on Louisiana Tech’s campus,” said Dr. Shelcie Menard Harvey, director for the project. “We have more than doubled the number of scholars from our first cohort, and they are representing a greater number of majors on campus. This will be an exciting year of development!”

Students in the program are given opportunities to participate in academic research, community service, and mentoring. They are assigned two mentors – one to oversee a custom research project and one to aid them in professional development. Students also establish a peer network, receive a stipend, and present their work at conferences and meetings.

The project is funded through 2025 by the National Science Foundation through 2025; Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Board of Regents lead the program in Louisiana. Project leadership for Louisiana Tech University includes Dr. Laura Bostick, Dr. Miguel Gates, Erika Jones, Keith-Vincent, Menard-Harvey, and Dr. Jamie Newman.

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