Ball State University is pleased to be an alliance member of IN LSAMP and we are committed to the goal to double the number of STEM-related bachelor’s degrees over the next five years earned by historically underrepresented students.
To achieve the increase in the number of graduating minority STEM students, retention issues will be addressed by encouraging student participation in math placement and online review support, summer bridge programs, freshman learning communities, peer mentoring, faculty-mentored research, and conference presentations.
Incoming freshmen will be encouraged to participate in the Summer Bridge Power into Math Program at no cost to them so that they may be placed in the proper math course right away. They will then be invited to participate in our new peer mentoring program, Career Pathways, which will be held the first 10 weeks of each fall term. Mentors will participate in recruiting freshmen, meet with them on a weekly basis in the fall, be paid hourly for their mentoring duties, and be eligible for further LSAMP grant opportunities, such as being an LSAMP Research Scholar. Financial support for LSAMP Research Scholars is substantial, and we hope to attract, with faculty recommendations, the very best students.
Together, we will strengthen and diversify our STEM workforce!