Sinclair Community College is taking 12 students on a special journey this week to prepare them for degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Sinclair College is one of 11 higher education institutions participating in the Ohio Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. The purpose of this alliance is to significantly increase underrepresented minority student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees. Louis Stokes was an attorney, civil rights pioneer, and the first African American congressman elected in the state of Ohio. He served 15 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Sinclair’s 2021 LSAMP Summer Bridge Institute gives students a hands-on preview for a variety of STEM degree programs. Throughout the week, students are meeting Sinclair’s STEM faculty, touring classrooms and labs, developing study skills to be successful, receiving specialized instruction for college-level courses, and learning time and stress management skills. The students are also participating in immersive, hands-on activities in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics.
“Sinclair’s LSAMP Summer Bridge Institute is a tremendous opportunity to prepare our students for college STEM courses and guide them on their journey to academic and career success,” said Marita K. Abram, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Sinclair LSAMP Program Coordinator.
The Sinclair LSAMP Summer Bridge Institute is specifically designed for students who have enrolled in a STEM program at Sinclair. The goal of the “bridge” program is to aid students’ transition to the academic rigor expected at the college level and increase student confidence and ability to navigate campus resources to help them be successful in their STEM degree program.
Launched in 2013, Sinclair’s LSAMP Summer Bridge Institute is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the program at: www.sinclair.edu/lsamp.