Kennesaw State joins group to boost minority enrollment

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    By Laura Diamond

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    12:21 p.m. Friday, October 28, 2011

    Kennesaw State University announced Friday that it joined a statewide push to increase the number of minority students who earn degrees in math, science, technology and engineering.

    Other Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation members are: University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Perimeter College, Southern Polytechnic State, Ft. Valley State and Savannah State universities.

    The group is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and provides students with mentors, research opportunities and financial aid.

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    Kennesaw State works to recruit more minority students

    Atlanta Business Chronicle by Carla Caldwell, Morning Call Editor

    Date: Monday, October 31, 2011, 7:08am EDT

    Kennesaw State Universityofficials want more minority students to attend the Cobb County, Ga., school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, reports the Marietta Daily Journal.

    KSU is the latest Georgia college to join the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

    Peach State LSAMP provides services including academic enrichment, financial support, peer and faculty mentoring, research opportunities and summer bridge programs.

    There are 8,135 minorities enrolled at KSU, approximately 34 percent of the student population, the Marietta newspaper reported.

    KSU trying to recruit more minority students to science programs

    by Lindsay Field
    lfield@mdjonline.com The Marietta Daily Journal

    10.28.11 - 11:59 pm

    By Lindsay Field

    lfield@mdjonline.com

    KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University is encouraging minority students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the school, the school said Friday.

    KSU has become the most recent Georgia college to join the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

    There are 8,135 minorities enrolled at the school, approximately 34 percent of the students population.

    Peach State LSAMP provides services such as academic enrichment, financial support, peer and faculty mentoring, research opportunities and summer bridge programs. Students at the college are recruited into the program by Dr. Army Lester and his colleagues at KSU.

    “We’ve seen the need and we’ve been addressing the need in a number of different ways over the years,” said Lester, a biology professor at KSU. “This is an excellent opportunity to fuel what we were already doing.”

    Lester, who will work directly with the students participating in the program, said that this program is the first of its kind at KSU to focus on students already enrolled. Previously, they have focused only on recruiting students.

    “From a social point of view, (the program) provides well-prepared and capable students who can go out and do the good works of the university,” he said. “(LSAMP) provides (the school) with a vehicle to make sure that our students are the best they can be and do the work that’s expected of them.”

    The Peach State LSAMP is a collaborative effort to increase the number of under-represented minority students statewide who complete undergraduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

    “Minorities are not entering the science professions in higher numbers,” Lester said. “It’s almost as though we have this significant component of the population that is being left behind. We’re trying to make sure that everyone who is capable can contribute maximally.”

    As a new LSAMP member, KSU recently conducted its first “Lab Coat Ceremony” for 25 undergraduate science and math students in the College of Science and Mathematics.

    These students, who range from freshmen to seniors, are pursuing science and math degrees as part of the program.

    In addition to KSU, the LSAMP alliance consists of seven institutions with the University of Georgia serving as the lead institution. Other members include Fort Valley State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Perimeter College, Savannah State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

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    KSU tries to recruit minority students to science programs

    by Lindsay Field
    lfield@cherokeetribune.com Cherokee Tribune

    10.28.11 - 11:59 pm

    KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University is encouraging minority students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the school, the school said Friday.

    KSU has become the most recent Georgia college to join the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

    There are 8,135 minorities enrolled at the school, approximately 34 percent of the student population.

    Peach State LSAMP provides services such as academic enrichment, financial support, peer and faculty mentoring, research opportunities and summer bridge programs. Students at the college are recruited into the program by Dr. Army Lester and his colleagues at KSU.

    “We’ve seen the need and we’ve been addressing the need in a number of different ways over the years,” said Lester, a biology professor at KSU. “This is an excellent opportunity to fuel what we were already doing.”

    Lester, who will work directly with the students participating in the program, said that this program is the first of its kind at KSU to focus on students already enrolled. Previously, the university focused only on recruiting students.

    “From a social point of view, (the program) provides well-prepared and capable students who can go out and do the good works of the university,” he said. “(LSAMP) provides (the school) with a vehicle to make sure that our students are the best they can be and do the work that’s expected of them.”

    The Peach State LSAMP is a collaborative effort to increase the number of under-represented minority students statewide who complete undergraduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

    “Minorities are not entering the science professions in higher numbers,” Lester said. “It’s almost as though we have this significant component of the population that is being left behind. We’re trying to make sure that everyone who is capable can contribute maximally.”

    As a new LSAMP member, KSU recently conducted its first “Lab Coat Ceremony” for 25 undergraduate science and math students in the College of Science and Mathematics.

    These students, who range from freshmen to seniors, are pursuing science and math degrees as part of the program.

    In addition to KSU, the LSAMP alliance consists of seven institutions with the University of Georgia serving as the lead institution. Other members include Fort Valley State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Perimeter College, Savannah State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

    Copyright 2011 Cherokee Tribune. All rights reserved.

    © cherokeetribune.com 2011

    5 Metro Atlanta colleges join organization to increase minority STEM majors

    Submitted by Beth Sawicki, Where U Live Producer

    Friday, October 28th, 2011, 1:29pm

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    ATHENS, Ga. -- Seven colleges and universities in Georgia are making strides toward increasing the numbers of minority students interested in STEM disciplines.

    The schools are part of an organization known as the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation(LSAMP), a collaborative effort to reach underrepresented minorities and encourage them to pursue majors and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

    The University of Georgia is the lead institution for Peach State LSAMP. Four more of the schools are in Metro Atlanta: Georgia Tech, Georgia Perimeter College, Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

    Other participating institutions include Ft. Valley State University near Warner Robins, and Savannah State University.

    "This country desperately needs more talented young men and women pursuing the STEM disciplines if we are going to successfully compete in the new global trade arena," said Ron Matson, dean of Kennesaw State's College of Science and Mathematics.

    With a student focus in mind, each participating school provides services that assist with the transition from high school to college, integrate minorities into the academic environment, and interest them in research and internship opportunities in the STEM fields. Peach State LSAMP creates academic enrichment, financial support, and peer and faculty mentoring, all with the goal of interesting more students in subjects that will greatly benefit them, as well as society, in the future.

    Topics: Schools