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Kean University Supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Minded Students

Union, NJ Ė Kean University is one of nine colleges and universities in New Jersey to participate in the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the five-year, $5 million program is designed to substantially increase the number of minority students pursuing degrees in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

"The program is intended to engage students in activities, such as tutoring and internship opportunities," said Dr. Paul Croft, of Keanís department of geology and meteorology, who will serve as co-principle investigator and institutional coordinator for the program. Kean University will receive $503,000 for five-years, under the grant to provide academic support, advising and mentoring to students.

Keanís LSAMP program will address three well-documented causes of attrition in STEM fields; academic support, financial need and social support. The program will form a network of academic and social support for young scholars interested in pursuing degrees and, ultimately, careers in STEM fields. Incoming students will attend a summer bridge experience that includes intensive academic workshops augmented by one-on-one tutoring, academic skills seminars, career development workshops and personal development advising. Academic support will continue throughout the academic year.

LSAMP scholars will earn stipends for Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL), in which students that have done well in STEM classes mentor and guide peers through the difficult course work, as well as for tutoring high school students enrolled in pre-college programs. These stipends will allow students to focus on research and learning. The Kean LSAMP program can support up to 35 students per year with stipends up to $2,000.

The LSMAP program at Kean aims to double the number of graduates from underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines within five years. The program also intends to change the conception of STEM professions to one that is desirable and interesting to help meet the demand for STEM graduates in New Jersey.

Institutions participating in the five-year GS-LSAMP program include Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey City University, Essex County College, Bloomfield College, Montclair State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University/Teaneck, William Paterson University and Rutgers University, New Brunswick.