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The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development and human well-being. The University of Kentucky has a five part strategic plan. Objectives and the related strategies and metrics for that plan are:

  • Undergraduate Student Success - To be the University of choice for aspiring undergraduate students, within the Commonwealth and beyond, seeking a transformational education that promotes self-discovery, experiential learning, and life-long achievement.
  • Graduate Education - Strengthen the quality and distinctiveness of our graduate programs to transform our students into accomplished scholars and professionals who contribute to the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world through their research and discovery, creative endeavors, teaching, and service.
  • Diversity and Inclusivity - Enhance the diversity and inclusivity of our University community through recruitment, promotion, and retention of an increasingly diverse population of faculty, administrators, staff, and students, and by implementing initiatives that provide rich diversity-related experiences for all, to help ensure their success in an interconnected world.
  • Research and Scholarship - Expand our scholarship, creative endeavors, and research across the full range of disciplines to focus on the most important challenges of the Commonwealth, our nation and the world.
  • Community Engagement - Leveraging leading-edge technology, scholarship, and research in innovative ways to advance the public good and to foster the development of citizen-scholars.

LSAMP Scholars at the University of Kentucky are highly involved in academic year research and student organizations. One Scholars Meeting is held each month. These meetings provide opportunities for professional development and peer networking. Some of the topics covered in these meetings include: finding summer internship opportunities, taking advantage of conference opportunities, financial management, resume vs. curriculum vita (CV), and the graduate school application process. Each semester, scholars may qualify for stipends based on their level of participation in program activities as well as their academic and research progress. LSAMP at UK strives to be a "hub" of resources for all scholar needs including academic assistance, research and conference opportunities, and professional / career services.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) leads the pack for best practices in transfer student success. Due to its comprehensive integrated menu of programs and activities, BCTC helps students transfer seamlessly into 4-year institutions through effective advising and academic services, peer mentoring, and strategies for negotiating campus climate.

Centre College offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by one of the nation's premier study abroad programs, along with a record of post-graduate success. Over the last decade, an average 85 percent of students studied abroad at least once during their four years at Centre. Over the last three years, an average 96 percent of graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees within a year of graduation.

International study, undergraduate research, and internships are integral to a Centre education and together they comprise the "Centre Commitment," which guarantees study abroad, an internship or research opportunity, and graduation in four years, or Centre will provide up to one more year of tuition for free. Complementing the consistently high study abroad percentages, 82 percent of Centre graduates from the Class of 2015 participated in either an internship and/or an undergraduate research experience, opportunities that have helped students find their first post-graduation jobs or entrance into an ideal graduate program, law school, or medical school.

In addition to its partnership with the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Centre's commitment to diversity includes a now decade-long partnership with the Posse Foundation and the recent creation of the Grissom Scholars Program, a full-tuition-plus premier scholarship that brings 10 talented first-generation college students to campus each year. Also, Centre has begun a four-year effort to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus with the support of a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Each summer, the LSAMP program at Centre provides opportunities for two incoming first-year students and two currently enrolled Centre students to get a first-hand experience conducting academic research in a STEM field. Each student is paired with a faculty member and becomes part of a team of other student researchers working on such diverse topics as investigating the phylogenetic relationships within the Chattahoochee Slimy Salamander, creating a serious computer game used to teach introductory computer science topics, improving methods to detect the presence of very small amounts of drugs or pesticides, and creating lab protocols that allow cell biology students to derive and conduct their own experiments. All students present their work in a weekly student research seminar during the summer. Many go on to present posters or give talks about their research at regional and national meetings during the year.

Jefferson Community and Technical College - description coming soon.

Kentucky State University (KSU), founded in 1886, is a historically black college or university (HBCU) serving Kentucky and students from southern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio. KSU focuses actively on an array of programs that provide recruiting, advising, social integration, student professional development and undergraduate research experiences. Students are encouraged to apply for prestigious student programs at the NIH (including NIH academy and Howard Hughes Medical Institute) and at National laboratories. Role model scientists engage in fun and productive interaction with students.

KSU's primary LSAMP activity is a Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) program during the academic year. The PLTL approach primarily involves faculty and Peer Leaders working with teams of student participants in weekly "workshops" which are teaching and mentoring sessions focused on a particular STEM topic/course. Scholars are required to attend all PLTL workshops (approximately 30 hours per semester). The workshops are led by KSU faculty instructors but Peer Leaders also provide mentoring and assist participating students. Participants are paired with peer leaders to ensure success. All participants are expected to take full advantage of opportunities and help each other to succeed with completing their respective BS degrees. Scholars also has the opportunity to conduct summer research at the UK main campus as well as the UK Center for Applied Energy Research and other research universities.

Marshall University is a multi-campus public university that provides innovative undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level education to a diverse range of students from around the globe. The university was founded in 1837 as Marshall Academy and named in memory of John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The main campus is located in Huntington, WV on One John Marshall Drive. The MU LSAMP initiative is centralized in the Office of Intercultural Affairs and is intensively linked to many undergraduate research opportunities and deeply embedded academic enrichment opportunities afforded by colleges of Technology, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. All LSAMP enrolled students receive intensive coaching and advising, tutoring as needed, weekly contact/follow-up, classroom/faculty cooperative exchanges and problem solving assistance, directly facilitated by the LSAMP Program Director and high performing graduates within related fields of discipline.

The University of Louisville is a public research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. As the Commonwealth's only urban institution, UofL is committed to excellence in the areas of academics, research, and community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation has recognized UofL repeatedly for both its very high research activity and its connection with the community. Through its accomplishments, the University of Louisville improves the quality of life for residents of the city, the state, the region and beyond. This opportunity to make a difference within a thriving metropolis helps explain why incoming classes routinely set new marks for their diversity.

In order to achieve LSAMP program goals, UofL will invest efforts in retention and undergraduate research. Retention efforts will take two approaches, (1) counseling and student services provision, to energize and support our existing STEM discipline students, and (2) peer mentoring programs - to couple students with upper level undergraduate and graduate students as role models. LSAMP Students will have access to a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular activities, including LSAMP Seminars/Workshops focused on goals, values and individual development; as well as, a full array of student services for academic success and graduation. One such is "REACH" (REsources for Academic ACHievement), a centralized academic support unit for undergraduates that helps students to integrate into college life, succeed in the classroom and progress toward graduation. The other key strategy is involvement of LSAMP scholars in undergraduate research opportunities to develop interests, to gain research experience and to expose students to the best faculty mentorship available.  Additionally, as part of the emphasis on the research experience, students will have opportunities for professional development and exposure to career opportunities.

Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution. The University, "a living laboratory of human relations," is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research. West Virginia State University is a vibrant community in which those who work, teach, live and learn do so in an environment that reflects the diversity of America. Our comprehensive campus provides vast opportunities for our students. We take great pride in our accomplishments and envision building upon our baccalaureate and graduate programs and our excellence in teaching, research, and service.

In an effort to promote and develop undergraduate research opportunities for minority and underrepresented student populations, West Virginia State University and the Center for the Advancement of Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (CASTEM) at the WVSU Gus R. Douglas Land Grant Institute are honored to be a part of the Kentucky-West Virginia NSF LSAMP program. Over the summer, our LSAMP scholars work alongside a research faculty mentor for eight weeks to study topics such as the chemical, physical, and biological water quality detection technology and improving detection of chemicals, physical, and biological threats to water quality. The scholars partake in brown bag lunches to learn about research and internship opportunities. Thus, guiding them towards successful careers in STEM education. All students present their research work at the end of the summer. During the academic year, the scholars are encouraged to continue contributing in their research fields and present their work at national meetings.

West Virginia University is expanding existing programs that support student recruitment and retention by creating a STEM Alliance program, developing learning communities, offering both peer and faculty mentoring, a specialized math course, a Mathematics Summer program to bolster performance from high school to college, and an integrated STEM Summer Bridge from freshmen to the sophomore year.

Western Kentucky University, through the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, provides numerous opportunities for students to become engaged in hands-on applied research projects through the ARTP program. WKU has exemplary programs focused on needs of its students, such as junior/senior-level advising and mentoring and a central support office that coordinates the variety of available support on campus and makes it easy for students to locate and take advantage of them.