MI-LSAMP Partner Institution


Michigan State University (MSU)  has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. A top global university, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better world while providing students with life-changing opportunities. 

MSU is part of the University Research Corridor, which is designed to transform, strengthen, and diversify Michigan’s economy through research innovation.

Michigan State University is pleased to offer an array of programs through MI-LSAMP: 

Pre-First Year Programs 

NxtGEN STEM Scholars
MI-LSAMP’s flagship program for all MI-LSAMP participants; a virtual summer experience based on the best available research on student retention practices.

iSTEM Summer Seminar
The Summer Seminar is a complimentary immersive experience for MI-LSAMP NxtGEN participants that will facilitate social connections to other
STEM students and the campus community, provide in-depth exploration of learning environments and resources, and support continued academic
preparation for successful transition to a rigorous collegiate learning environment.

Engineering & Science Success Academy (ESSA)
The ESSA is a six-week, residential, academic intensive program designed to acclimate incoming first-year engineers to both the academic and environmental aspects of post-secondary education. Participants will attend daily classes in Math, Writing and Science. Workshops and presentations will expose students to post-graduation and professional opportunities. The first ESSA launched in 2007 with MI-LSAMP funding, and with consistent success became institutionally funded in 2012. (https://www.egr.msu.edu/dpo/)

Research Programs

Comprehensive research training with faculty mentors/preparation for graduate school

Summer Undergraduate Research Academy (SURA)

Scholars learn how to develop and promote their “undergraduate researcher profile” for the purpose of obtaining funded research positions in well-mentored programs such as those offered by NSF, NIH, SROP, TRIO, McNair, EnSURE, BRUSH(ES), SURIEM, etc. Support is provided to help scholars identify opportunities, prepare applications, and present their projects.


Theresa Woodruff
Michigan State University
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Governance Board

Jamillah Gross-Caldwell
MI-LSAMP Steering Committee and Project Coordinator

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– Alvin Toffler, Author & Thought Leader

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