Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The Michigan-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University. The primary mission of the MI-LSAMP program is to significantly increase the number of minority students earning baccalaureate degrees each year in science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields from the participating universities of the alliance and prepare them for entry into graduate programs.  

This mission supports the National Science Foundation’s strategic goal to help create “a diverse, competitive and globally engaged U.S workforce of scientists, engineers, technologists and well-prepared citizens." Each university has been and will continue to be committed to increasing the diversity and excellence of their student population.

  • NxtGEN STEM Scholar Program and an opportunity for a $1000 stipend

    Are you interested in meeting other students who are attending Western Michigan University this Fall and receiving a $1,000 scholarship?


    You are cordially invited to participate in the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) NxtGEN STEM Scholars Program (application linked here). Since 2005, MI-LSAMP has worked to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in STEM fields. Students participating in MI-LSAMP programs receive remarkable benefits, including:

    ●      Inclusion into a strong student community and well-regarded national program

    ●      Opportunities to learn from faculty, staff, and graduate students in STEM

    ●      Specialized leadership and academic development programming


    The NxtGEN STEM Scholars program has two components:

    Summer Pre-First Year

    NxtGEN STEM Summer Program, is a four-week program (starting July 5th) for underrepresented minority first year students interested in STEM. Participants will get an opportunity to meet other incoming first year students at their institution and at five other institutions in Michigan, while getting a jumpstart on their college experience. Students will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year for their participation. This program will require students to commit to roughly 5 hours per day from July 5th-July 28th. Sessions will occur Monday-Thursday, typically between 10am and 3pm.

    This program will cover topics such as time management, goal setting, culturally responsive financial literacy, overcoming imposter syndrome and mental health awareness. Previous program participants have benefitted from increased feelings of preparedness for college and of sense of community.

    Academic Programming

    Participants will meet together regularly through the academic year. These meetings will ensure that participants are prepared to declare a major, apply for internships/co-ops/research opportunities, successfully complete their college degree, and successfully begin their careers/further their studies.


    Why should you participate in this program?

    ●      Students who participate in pre-first year programs perform better academically and are more likely to complete a four-year degree than non-participants

    ●      Previous participants exhibited an increased sense of belonging, STEM identity and feelings of preparedness for college


    Please consider applying at https://form.jotform.com/201674602625149. Applications are due by June 17th. For additional information, please visit our website at www.milsamp.org.


    ●      Receive a $1,000 scholarship for participating in the NxtGEN STEM Scholars Program

    ●      Benefits of the program include: inclusion in a strong student community and a well-regarded national program with opportunities to learn from faculty, staff, and graduate students in STEM, and specialized leadership and academic development programming

    ●      NxtGEN summer program dates: July 5th-July 28th

    ●      Application link: https://form.jotform.com/201674602625149

    ●      Application Due Date: June 17th

    ●      More information can be found here: https://www.milsamp.org/

  • Contact us for more information
    Anetra Grice
    STEP Program Director and WMU LSAMP Program Manager
    WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Office Phone (269) 276-3316
    Matthew Cavalli, Ph.D., P.E.
    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
    Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Site Director, MI-LSAMP at WMU
    Office Phone (269) 276-3249