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Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Perimeter College

Academic Initiative

Groups Served
Collegiate

Program Website
Visit the Program Website

Contact Information
Margaret Major
mmajor@gsu.edu
678-212-7570

Address
555 N Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021

Building

Campus
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton

Funding

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Overview

. The Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation provides is a STEM program for underrepresented students. With faculty advisor/mentor on each campus, participants meet with their advisor four times a semester to discuss academic progress and develop a personal academic plan that will guide them through their pathway at Perimeter College

Benefits

The Peach State LSAMP program provides a stipend for participants during the fall and spring semesters. Funding is also offered to students that participate in the Intensive Summer Bridge research program. Compensation is also provided for Internships, REUs and travel expenses for professional conferences.

Supplemental Materials

Peach State LSAMP 2015 Impact Report

Discipline Focus
Life Sciences, Mathematics

Diversity Group ( Social Identity)
Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnic Group
American Indian, Black, Hispanic/ Latinx groups, Multi-racial, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
08/01/2005

Number Served
501-1000

Notable Alumni

Randy Montgomery, JD, Patent Attorney at Ballard Spahr LLP
Joshua Ebin, MSc,Completions Engineering Intern at ExxonMobil
Marshall Prude,B.A.Sc, Public Health Officer at Department of the Air Force,
Amarachi Ochiobi, Pharm.D.,Pharmacy Manager at CVS Health
Darlene Chinaza Ochiobi, PharmD, RPh

Research Components and Activities

Mentored research experience(s), Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), Funding to attend professional development sessions/coursework (e.g., conference travel, professional development session/coursework registration fee, application fee waiver, book purchase), Student or faculty stipend/compensation

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

Peach State LSAMP scholars at Perimeter College participate in an Intensive summer experience titled, “Current Scholars Investigate” (CSI). The CSI experience has three components: 1. Investigating Methods Used to Increase Scientific Literacy; 2. Investigating Processes of Research; and 3. Investigating Peach State Alliance Institutions. The program is 3-weeks and includes a problem-based learning curriculum that explores chemistry, engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics and environmental biology. Other activities consist of college and industry visits, collaborative learning (inquiry-based lab experiments) and presentations.

Self-efficacy Emphasis

At the beginning of each semester, we have an orientation, so students on all campuses get a chance to meet each other. Each campus then develops a team leader and a social media group to keep in touch and provide program updates. We meet every two weeks with scholars from all of the campuses. Participants have scheduled meeting with mentors once a month. However, they can also schedule meetings with their mentors during office hours if they have issues they would like to discuss. Besides, they

Acknowledgement/Affirmation of Identity, Strengths, Needs

Each semester participants on each campus must work collaboratively to give an oral or hands-on research presentation. The presentation must be interactive. These presentations in a safe environment of peers, help develop the confidence needed to present at STEM professional conferences. We also bring in speakers to discuss how to prepare a professional resume and personal statement. They are also required to go to the University Career Center to seek help with their resume.

Examples of Inclusionary Practices and Activities

Orientation (e.g. reviewing norms, expectations, structures, goals and/or protocols)

Participant Empowerment

Institutional alliances, Mentoring opportunities

Mentoring Components

Mentors are peers of program participants (near-peer, tiered peer, etc.), Mentors provide regular scheduled meetings with mentees, Mentors provide psychological and or emotional support, Mentors provide support with goal setting and or career planning, Mentees are allowed to attend events with mentors (i.e., dinners, social events, conferences, retreats)

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Program participants are required to complete and end of year survey and those graduating an exit survey. Summer bridge scholars complete an activity survey and peer evaluation. On the Perimeter College Peach State LSAMP website, there is an LSAMP News Hub where we highlight the success of currents scholars and testimonials from former participants. Public Relations and Marketing Communications write an article each year about the Summer Bridge program.

Evaluation Methods

external review/evaluation, annual performance report, site visit, program survey(s)

Anticipated Participant Outcomes

attendance, completion of a course(s),presenting at a conference/symposium, persisting through current degree program, earning a degree, moving to the next level of the pipeline (e.g. high school to college; college to grad school; grad school to post doc; graduate to faculty),persistence in research (e.g., applying to other research programs, completing other mentored research experiences)

Key Performance Indicators

A goal of the Peach State LSAMP program; is to increase the number of students that graduate/transfer to four-year institutions and earn a BS degree. So we track the transfer/graduation rate of our participants.

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
08/01/2005

Number Served
501-1000

Notable Alumni

Randy Montgomery, JD, Patent Attorney at Ballard Spahr LLP
Joshua Ebin, MSc,Completions Engineering Intern at ExxonMobil
Marshall Prude,B.A.Sc, Public Health Officer at Department of the Air Force,
Amarachi Ochiobi, Pharm.D.,Pharmacy Manager at CVS Health
Darlene Chinaza Ochiobi, PharmD, RPh

Research Components and Activities

Mentored research experience(s), Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette), Funding to attend professional development sessions/coursework (e.g., conference travel, professional development session/coursework registration fee, application fee waiver, book purchase), Student or faculty stipend/compensation

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

Peach State LSAMP scholars at Perimeter College participate in an Intensive summer experience titled, “Current Scholars Investigate” (CSI). The CSI experience has three components: 1. Investigating Methods Used to Increase Scientific Literacy; 2. Investigating Processes of Research; and 3. Investigating Peach State Alliance Institutions. The program is 3-weeks and includes a problem-based learning curriculum that explores chemistry, engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics and environmental biology. Other activities consist of college and industry visits, collaborative learning (inquiry-based lab experiments) and presentations.

Please describe how your program addresses self-efficacy (one's beliefs in their own ability to execute behaviors necessary to perform) in its participants?

At the beginning of each semester, we have an orientation, so students on all campuses get a chance to meet each other. Each campus then develops a team leader and a social media group to keep in touch and provide program updates. We meet every two weeks with scholars from all of the campuses. Participants have scheduled meeting with mentors once a month. However, they can also schedule meetings with their mentors during office hours if they have issues they would like to discuss. Besides, they

How does your program acknowledge or affirm individuals’ different identities, strengths, or needs?

Each semester participants on each campus must work collaboratively to give an oral or hands-on research presentation. The presentation must be interactive. These presentations in a safe environment of peers, help develop the confidence needed to present at STEM professional conferences. We also bring in speakers to discuss how to prepare a professional resume and personal statement. They are also required to go to the University Career Center to seek help with their resume.

Inclusionary practices/activities utilized in your program:

Orientation (e.g. reviewing norms, expectations, structures, goals and/or protocols)

Participant Empowerment

Institutional alliances, Mentoring opportunities

Mentoring Components

Mentors are peers of program participants (near-peer, tiered peer, etc.), Mentors provide regular scheduled meetings with mentees, Mentors provide psychological and or emotional support, Mentors provide support with goal setting and or career planning, Mentees are allowed to attend events with mentors (i.e., dinners, social events, conferences, retreats)

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Program participants are required to complete and end of year survey and those graduating an exit survey. Summer bridge scholars complete an activity survey and peer evaluation. On the Perimeter College Peach State LSAMP website, there is an LSAMP News Hub where we highlight the success of currents scholars and testimonials from former participants. Public Relations and Marketing Communications write an article each year about the Summer Bridge program.

Evaluation methods are used to substantiate the program’s outcomes:

external review/evaluation, annual performance report, site visit, program survey(s)

Anticipated participant outcomes for your program:

attendance, completion of a course(s),presenting at a conference/symposium, persisting through current degree program, earning a degree, moving to the next level of the pipeline (e.g. high school to college; college to grad school; grad school to post doc; graduate to faculty),persistence in research (e.g., applying to other research programs, completing other mentored research experiences)