Alliance Activities

The KY-WV LSAMP 13th Annual Research Symposium was held virtually

April 9-10, 2021


There is no cost to attend the Annual Research Symposium, but registration is required

Friday sessions are for LSAMP and invited guests only.

Saturday sessions are open to the general public.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer McLoud-Mann, Associate Dean of STEM and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington, Bothell

Lodging: NA

Presentations: Students must be LSAMP or invited scholars in order to present their research, but everyone is invited to attend the Saturday event. Those presenting should email their abstract (in the format provided) to Raul Torres ( by Friday, April 2, 2021.

Abstract Format     Presentation Guidelines     Agenda

Recruitment Tables: Institutions, departments, programs, and organizations interested in hosting a recruitment table should contact Raul Torres (, 859-323-2722).

For more information: Contact Fara Williams (, 859-218-6326).


The KY-WV LSAMP 12th Annual Research Symposium was held February 28-29, 2020, at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. Dr. Astrid Suarez gave the keynote address on Saturday. Friday sessions focused on the graduate school application process. Mike Heppler, graduate school expert, spoke about the parts of graduate school applications and gave tips and strategies for getting accepted to graduate programs. A panel of graduate students talked about their experiences. Panel members included: Julia Parker, a first-year MS student; Norman Loving, a first-year student who works as a graduate assistant for the LSAMP program on his campus; Courtney McKelphin, a full-time industry employee who is working on her MBA; Kayla Titialii-Torres, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate; and Cagney Coomer, a Ph.D. candidate who was scheduled to complete her degree Spring 2020.

2020 Program Book

The KY-WV LSAMP 11th Annual Research Symposium was held March 1-2, 2019, at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. One hundred, twenty-nine people attended Friday sessions. One hundred, seventy-nine people (including over 40 high school students) attended Saturday sessions. There were 34 poster presentations and four oral presentations.

Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Integrative Biology Professor at UC Berkeley) gave the keynote address on Saturday. Friday sessions focused on international opportunities. A panel of KY-WV LSAMP Scholars who have conducted international research presented on a panel. Those scholars were: Sarah Hodges, UK chemistry senior who spent summer 2017 in France; Edwina Burnett, WVSU biology senior who spent summer 2018 in Costa Rica; and Asare Nkansah, UK computer science senior who spent summer 2018 in France. Sarah Hodges also presented on how to prepare for a trip abroad.

2019 Program Book


2018 Symposium PictureThe KY-WV LSAMP 10th Annual Research Symposium was held March 2-3, 2018, in Lexington, KY. Ninety-seven LSAMP scholars, faculty, and graduate students attended on Friday. One hundred, twelve people (including 84 undergraduates) attended on Saturday. There were 21 poster presentations and four oral presentations.

Kathleen DeBoer talked about communications and overcoming challenges. Kayla Titialii and Cagney "CC" Coomer-Felton, UK biology graduate students, talked about dressing professionally. Dr. R. Paula Arscott-Hopson, the keynote speaker, talked about her experiences as an LSAMP Scholar in Texas and a Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow in Oklahoma as well as her research as a chemist. 

2018 Program Book


2017 Symposium PictureThe 2017 KY-WV LSAMP Annual Research Symposium was held March 3-4, 2017. Sixty-six LSAMP scholars, faculty, and graduate students attended on Friday. Ninety-three people attended on Saturday. There were 16 LSAMP Scholar poster presentations and 3 LSAMP Scholar oral presentations.

Mike Heppler talked about the graduate school application process and how to successfully navigate it. Four graduate students (one from Marshall, one from UK, and two from UofL) talked about graduate school and answered questions about their experiences. Brittani Grant (Assistant Project Manager, the Tower Companies) gave the keynote address. She talked about her career path as well as her experiences as a lead engineer on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

2017 Program Book


The 2016 KY-WV LSAMP Annual Research Symposium was held on April 2, 2016. Fifty nine faculty, staff, students, and others attended. Sixteen scholars made poster presentations. Raymond Burse, President of Kentucky State University, presented the keynote address. In addition, Dr. Rynetta Davis, professor at the University of Kentucky, provided a professional development session on writing essays.

2016 Program Book