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The Peach State LSAMP Summer Bridge Institute

The Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Peach State LSAMP) program will be hosting their annual "Building Bridges" Summer Institute at UGA in Summer 2017! Peach State LSAMP aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students completing baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). During the "Building Bridges" Summer Institute, Peach State LSAMP hosts 14 incoming minority STEM freshmen for a three-week long residential program. The students will participate in professional development, academic enrichment, and social engagement activities designed to facilitate their transition from high school to the university setting. The program schedule includes workshops regarding effective resume writing, lab tours, research presentations, and panels focusing on student services available at UGA.

Our "Building Bridges" students also have the wonderful opportunity to take mock Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English courses so that they can be introduced to the rigor of college-level instruction prior to the start of the academic year. Students also are able to share one-on-one interactions with STEM faculty, staff, and professionals from both UGA and our surrounding community. This year's students will also take a trip to Atlanta to visit Emory University and the Georgia Aquarium!

Message from the Director

The Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Peach State LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation- (NSF) sponsored program with the mission to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Our alliance consists of six institutions, with the University of Georgia serving as the lead institution: Fort Valley State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University-Perimeter College, Kennesaw campus, Kennesaw State University-Marietta campus (formerly Southern Polytechnic State University), and Savannah State University. With a student focus in mind, each institution provides services that assist underrepresented minorities with the transition from high school to college, integrate them socially and academically into the university environment, and engage them in research and summer internship opportunities. In an effort to meet the needs and expectations of the underrepresented minorities in STEM, Peach State LSAMP provides services such as academic enrichment, financial support, peer and faculty mentoring, research opportunities, and summer bridge programs.

– Dr. Angela Birkes-Grier, Alliance Director