Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program
Broadening participation in environmental science is a key goal of The Ohio State University and the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), and critical for successful natural-resources management. As such, the School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Olentangy River Wetland Reserach Park take part in Ohio State’s LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) – an NSF bridge program aimed at increasing underrepresented minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degrees. Specifically, Dr. Mažeika Sullivan runs the Integrated Science class for the LSAMP Bridge Program where 20 incoming minority freshmen are introduced to water quality and environmental science and engineering. Students are not only introduced to basic principles of aquatic sciences, but also to real-world issues related to conservation and management of aquatic resources. As part of their experience, students visit local stream and wetlands, where they learn how to collect aquatic insects, measure water chemistry, and survey stream geomorphology (i.e., physical features). This experience represents the first time in a field setting for many students, and often piques interested in natural resources for many students. For example, student feedback has included the following comments: “The environmental sciences course has instilled more curiosity about our environment into me, and I will be applying that curiosity to future research studies.” and “I enjoyed collecting live samples of organisms and working outdoors.”
Please contact Dr. Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested in learning more about this program.