NxtGEN STEM Scholars Program

NxtGEN STEM Scholars Program, MI-LSAMP flagship student initiative,  is your portal to all of the resources available to you through the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP). As a MI-LSAMP NxtGEN STEM Scholar, you’ll be part of a selected group of students that you will interact with throughout your college career. 

Why NxtGEN?

Get an inside track on career, travel and research opportunities l Learn how to brand yourself for success in the social media space l Boost your academic success with supportive programming and workshops l Gain technology certifications for immediate access to employment opportunities l Learn the tremendous benefits of graduate school and how to be successful there l Find out how to network effectively l Understand your WHY l Receive and learn how to maximize the benefits of a mentor  

MI-LSAMP NxtGEN STEM Scholars Program Debuts in Summer 2020

MI-LSAMP launched its first-ever NxtGEN STEM Scholars Program for 100 incoming students entering one of  the four university partners amid a COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID pushed us to think creatively and outside the box to deliver something meaningful to our first set of NxtGEN STEM Scholars,” said Matthew Nelson, PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan, the lead institution and NxtGEN Program Director/MI-LSAMP Strategist.

The 100% virtual program ran from July 6 – 30, 2020 and included students from University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University. Students spent six hours/day, four days/week engaged in Mathematics and Data Science activities and participating in workshops including time management, transition to college, self-reflection, purpose, social media branding, mentoring relationships, career information and mental health matters. They also completed certificate programs through DataCamp which gave them work-ready technology skills that they could use immediately.

We are looking forward to great things from our students this year,” said MI-LSAMP Executive Director Derrick E. Scott. “They are off to a fast start, and we expect them to excel and thrive at each of our partner institutions.”

Special thanks goes to the staff, student contributors, and presenters who made the program possible:


University of Michigan

  • Herbert Winful, Professor & Grant Co-PI
  • Derrick E. Scott, MI-LSAMP Executive Director
  • Matthew Nelson, NxtGEN Program Director & MI-LSAMP Strategist
  • Gloria Taylor, MI-LSAMP Site Lead
  • Sharon Burch

Michigan State University

  • Theo Caldwell,  Co-PI

Wayne State University

  • Tonya Matthews,  Co-PI
  • Mark Jackson
  • Jennifer Tabb

Western Michigan University

  • Matt Cavalli


  • Nadim Bari, Math Learning Coordinator
  • Shivika Bisen, Data Science Tutor
  • Ayana Davis, Program Manager
  • Yazmine Hernandez, Math Tutor
  • Suliyat Olagbenro, Program Coordinator
  • Tammy Moni, Math Tutor
  • Zuly Pasillas-Requelme, Math Tutor
  • Maria Han Veiga, Data Science Learning Coordinator
  • Martin, Zanaj, Data Science Tutor


  • Jing Liu, Managing Director
  • Trisha Fountain, Education Program Manager


  • Andong (Anthony) Chen
  • Arya Farahi
  • Holly Hartman
  • Ani Madurkar
  • Stephen Salerno
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