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Jan 29, 2013

2013 Engineering and Science Summer Academy

Engineering and Science Summer Academy (ESSA)

Done in collaboration with the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP), ESSA is a six-week, residential, academic intensive program designed to acclimate incoming freshmen with both the academic and environmental aspects to post secondary education.  Participants will attend daily classes in Math, English/Writing, Chemistry and an Engineering Seminar course to expose students to post graduation and professional opportunities.  Participants will also attend presentations from representatives in all engineering disciplines within the College of Engineering.

Applications are due by Friday, March 22, 2013. 2013 Pre-first Year Summer Programs Application

The ESSA  program at MSU will be held from June 21, 2013 – August 3, 2013

Jan 28, 2013

2013 SURA Application

mi_lsamp_logo2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Academy (SURA)

Michigan State University


The MI-LSAMP Summer Undergraduate Research Academy (SURA) is hosted in collaboration with the Michigan State University Summer Research Opportunity Program (MSU SROP) and is designed to provide a comprehensive research training and enrichment experience. MI-LSAMP SURA helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors as well as academic enrichment activities. MI-LSAMP SURA helps undergraduate students gain experience to give them a competitive advantage as a graduate applicant by:

  • Intense research activities that broaden technical and presentation skills
  • Professional and academic development activities
  • Seminars that introduce students to a range of research fields across disciplines
  • Informal gathering for student and faculty exchange
  • Multiple opportunities to present research

The MI-LSAMP SURA consists of the following components or phases:

Research Prospectus (Abstract)

After the first week of working with a research mentor, participants are required to submit a prospectus (or abstract) of the research project. This prospectus will serve as the basis for the student’s summer program as well as help to keep the student on track with what they need to complete for their project.

Personal Statement

Participants are required to draft a basic personal statement that can be transferable to multiple institutions at the time of the graduate application process.

Curriculum Vitae

Undergraduate students should begin to develop a curriculum vita that details the accomplishments in their rising careers. MSU SURA participants are required to draft a CV. It is beneficial to all program participants to have a draft of a CV prior to arriving to the program.

Student Poster

A strategically planned and concise research poster must be developed for successful completion of MI-LSAMP SURA. MI-LSAMP SURA participants are required to present this poster at the CIC SROP Conference.

Student Presentations

Participants are required to do a 10-minute oral research presentation to successfully complete the MI-LSAMP SURA. This presentation will take place at the MSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium during the last week of the program.

Research Paper

Participants must submit a clear and concise research paper for successful completion of MI-LSAMP SURA. This paper must effectively present the finding of participants’ research, supported by relevant methods and literature. This paper is due on the last day of the program.

MSU SROP Statistics Camp

At the beginning of the SURA program, cohorts are engaged in a statistics immersion camp offered by the MSU SROP. This is statistics camp is offered in collaboration with the MSU Center for Statistical Training and Consulting. This workshop is designed to assess students’ ability and background in statistics as well as provide them with the statistical tools that will be necessary to complete MI-LSAMP SURA as well as benefit them in their future careers.


MSU SROP Talks are designed to help students stay on track to complete quality research projects. Each week, the cohort will convene and present the weekly findings of their research. This activity not only helps students stay on track to complete their project, but also engages them in the act of presenting their findings across disciplinary lines. These weekly meetings are in “chalk talk” format, where students are only allowed to use a chalkboard to explain their findings (no electronic aids or supplemental materials allowed).

Research Seminar Series

Weekly research seminars expose students to research across disciplinary lines. These sessions train students to assimilate research across disciplinary lines and ask pertinent questions outside of their respective academic disciplines. These weekly seminars consist of the work of MSU faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.

Academic Enrichment Workshop Series

MI-LSAMP SURA provides professional and academic developmental workshops to give students the tools necessary to successfully apply to and complete graduate programs at intensive research institutions. The workshops presented throughout the program align with the program’s “GO GRAD” model.

Writing Enrichment Workshop Series

Effective writing skills are crucial to success in research. MI-LSAMP SURA participants are required to participate in a three part writing series, a collaborative effort with the MSU Writing Center, which will take them through multiple stages of the writing process. The goal of this workshop series is to help participates build the most effective research paper during their summer program as well as present techniques that are transferable to the remainder of their baccalaureate training and their future graduate careers.

MI-LSAMP SURA Activities

MSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

MI-LSAMP SURA participants are required to do an oral presentation to the MSU Community detailing the findings of their research. This symposium, held in collaboration with the MSU Office for Undergraduate Research features not only the work of MSU SURA and SROP participants, but also the work of other MSU summer undergraduate researchers.

CIC SROP Conference

This summer, all MI-LSAMP SURA participants will participate in a multi‐university research symposium hosted on the campus of a CIC member university. The program convenes more than 450 undergraduate researchers. Additionally, the conference brings together program alumni, faculty and staff from member universities and other supporters. MSU visiting scholars are encouraged to present a poster detailing the findings of their research at this symposium.

MSU AGEP Community

The National Science Foundation funds the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP). The primary goals of AGEP are to (1) significantly increase the number of underrepresented students (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders) obtaining graduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics disciplines, as well as the social, behavioral and economic sciences, and (2) enhance the preparation of these students for faculty positions at colleges and universities. MI-LSAMP SURA cohorts actively participate in MSU AGEP Community activities throughout the summer.

Networking Events

Through our multiple campus partnerships, MI-LSAMP SURA provides multiple forums for student and faculty exchange. Most of these programs, held jointly with the MSU Office for Undergraduate Research, allow MI-LSAMP SURA participants to interact with MSU faculty as well as other summer research participants across the campus.

The 2013 MI-LSAMP SURA will be held from May 17, 2013 – July 26, 2013

2013 SURA Application (PDF). Applications are due by February 1, 2013.

Apr 23, 2012

DPO Recognized by NSBE and ExxonMobil


Michigan State University was one of three universities honored with the 2012 Impact Award sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and ExxonMobil.

The award was given to universities in recognition of their program’s outstanding success in recruiting and retaining underrepresented  minority students in engineering disciplines.  The award includes $10,000 in grant funds to each school.

The Diversity Programs Office Scholars Program (DPO-SP) was selected for its results based progress in retaining underrepresented minority students in engineering related programs.  DPO-SP provides structure for students during their first two years, which are most critical of a college student’s experience.  Mandatory program participation ensures a high level of commitment from both students and faculty engaged with the DPO-SP to combat declining enrollment and graduation rates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

For more information about the 2012 NSBE  and ExxonMobil Impact Award, click here.

Apr 10, 2012

DPO Director Receives Withrow Student Service Award


The College of Engineering honored faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service at the 22nd annual Engineering Awards Luncheon on March 22, 2012, at the University Club of MSU.

Theodore Caldwell, director of the Diversity Programs Office (DPO), was honored with the Withrow Student Service Award.  Since becoming director of the DPO, an amazing transformation has occurred.  His initiatives and sheer presence have had a significant impact on the retention and success of underrepresented students in the College of Engineering.

For additional information regarding the Withrow Awards and its recipients click here.

Mar 15, 2012

Journey to Excellence: The Need for Diversity in STEM Fields

This year’s forum explored institutional and individual factors that contribute to the success of underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

An extended version of the presentation used at this year’s forum is available here.

For more details on strategies that can be used to increase the success of minorities in STEM fields, read the article Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation, which was used extensively for this year’s program.  To download a copy of the article click here.

Feb 4, 2011

DPO Students and MSU President LouAnna Simon

DPO students and MSU President LouAnna K. Simon participate in 2011 MI-LSAMP Phase II Kick-off Event

Thursday, February 3, 2011 students affiliated with Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) gathered at Lansing Community College to present their research projects from summer 2010.  The students ranged from freshman to senior class level.

MI-LSAMP encourages underrepresented groups to embrace science, technology, engineering and math by participating in undergraduate research projects and pre-engineering programs at several different universities around the state.

For more information about MI-LSAMP, please visit