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Sinclair Community College Preparing Students for STEM Courses & Careers

12 students are participating in Sinclair’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.


L to R - 2023 Sinclair LSAMP Summer Institute students Evelyn Enoma, Justin Sherrod, and Bobbie Butler participate in the math workshop

Sinclair Community College is inspiring students to explore degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. This week, 12 students are participating in Sinclair’s LSAMP Summer Bridge Institute.

Sinclair College is one of 10 higher education institutions in Ohio participating in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.

The purpose of the 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 to represent Ohio. He served 15 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sinclair’s 2023 LSAMP Summer Bridge Institute gives students a handson preview of a variety of STEM programs including mechanical engineering technology, engineering, biology, biotechnology, computer science, and chemistry.

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.

“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.


L to R - 2023 Sinclair LSAMP Summer Institute student Precious Jones and Dr. Sarah Finch, Sinclair Community College Biology Department

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 program. The students were honored on Friday, July 14, 2023, at the LSAMP Summer Bridge Celebration Banquet featuring keynote speaker Dr. Marc Allen Smith, biology professor and U.S. Air Force Veteran.

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.

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