The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and the Venture College at Boise State are partnering to prepare students for success beyond the degree. The LSAMP program is designed to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rate of underrepresented students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). LSAMP serves Boise State and College of Western Idaho by connecting students to internships, paid research opportunities and a vibrant STEM community.
Mike Sumpter, Venture College director, describes the partnership for LSAMP scholars as helping set students up for success at Boise State and beyond.
Working closely with the Venture College, participating students will be introduced to the applied skills necessary for successful transition after graduation whether or not they pursue business ownership. “It’s all about inclusion, encouragement and readiness,” said Sumpter. “We are especially excited about the opportunity to introduce our growing support system to all interested students regardless of discipline or experience.”
For example, the Venture College will include LSAMP members in their networking mixer series that offers students an opportunity to learn networking skills in a real world environment with accomplished community and campus leaders. Additional support services include access to the Venture College pitch training center and the foundry project lab. The Venture College will also support LSAMP events like the Emerging STEM Leaders Conference hosted by the Pacific Northwest LSAMP alliance and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers March 1-3 as well as the LSAMP summer program. LSAMP members will also be encouraged to participate in College of Innovation and Design/Venture College sponsored events like the Idea Pitch, Hack-A-Thons and the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge.