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LSAMP students participate in peer mentoring program

The KS-LSAMP T.E.A.M. (Transfer Engagement And Mentorship) program is designed to help community college students make a successful transition from their two-year institution to K-State. It is a distance program to make the mentoring experience flexible for all participants.

Through the experience, community college students have an opportunity to connect and learn from current K-State students who have successfully transferred to K-State. The pair is encouraged to communicate on a weekly basis. Students have a variety of options to communicate, such as text, a phone call, and online technology: email, zoom, and social media. In the program, current K-State students share their college experiences and serve as a campus resource.

The T.E.A.M. program was conducted by the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) program from September 30 to November 22, 2019. During this time, community college students (mentees) participated in the orientation and mid-program meetings. The interactive meetings were held by using zoom technology. The focus of the meetings was how the current mentoring experience could assist the mentees with preparation for a successful college transfer. Also, students learned how to facilitate communication in the program. Using Kahoot game and Mentimeter real-time feedback platform helped participants to share their questions and experiences.

K-State students, the mentors, participated in an orientation, mid-program, and the end of program meetings. During the sessions, the mentors engaged in activities that focused on active listening and communication skills. Students also reflected on their college and mentoring experiences. The participants were provided with a handbook to share resources for both mentors and mentees, which helped guide students through their mentoring experience. In addition, mentors and mentees had an opportunity to meet each other in person during the Transfer Student Visit Day on October 13th, 2019. The social event was a great place for community college students to socialize and ask questions in a welcoming and informal environment.

The Fall 2019 TEAM program included the following mentees, Rodolfo Madrid (DCCC); Yuriana Arroyo (GCCC): David Perez, Maria Herrera, and Miguel Perez (SCCC); Briana Garcia (Donnelly). The Fall 2019 mentors were from the KS-LSAMP alliance institutions such as Cesar Aparicio, Jacob Rico Martinez, and Shiseido Robinson (GCCC); Erick Saenz and Richard Carmona Andrade (SCCC). Also, Evangelina R. Gallardo from Highland Community College.

This was the second time the T.E.A.M. program had been coordinated and KS-LSAMP plans to have a new cohort of students in Fall 2020.

The T.E.A.M program is part of the National Science Foundation funded KS-LSAMP grant. The overall goal of KS-LSAMP is to double the number of underrepresented minority students graduating from Kansas State University with baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering or math.

More information about KS-LSAMP can be found at www.k-state.edu/lsamp

KS-LSAMP Spring 2020 Events


K-State Welcome Back Event
January 24, 2020
11:30 – 12:30 pm
K-State Union, Bluemont Room
During this event, you will have an opportunity to meet other K-State students, play interactive games to learn more about K-State and socialize. There will be free food from Qdoba while supplies last.


Inside look – Medical School Application
February 10, 2020
10:30 – 11:30 am
K-State Union, Room 204
Current K-State student Carmen Del Real will discuss her experiences in the KUMC Pre-Admissions Program as well as her journey through the medical school application.


Exploring Graduate School Options
April 9, 2020
11:00 – 12:00 pm
K-State Union, Room 203
During this event, you will learn how to research graduate programs and network with potential faculty mentors. Hosted in collaboration with the McNair Scholars Program.

KS-LSAMP Fall 2019 Events



KS-LSAMP Welcome Event
September 5, 2019
11:30 – 1:00 pm
K-State Student Union, Bluemont Room
Want to learn more about KS-LSAMP and meet other K-State students? If the answer is yes, then you should attend the KS-LSAMP welcome event. During this event, we will share information about the program, such as research and volunteer opportunities. We will also have a guest speaker from the K-State Career Center to talk about available resources through their office and the upcoming All-University Career Fair. Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there!


Volunteer Opportunity
October 13-14, 2019
2:00 – 7:30 pm Different events available
Interested in sharing your STEM/K-State experience with others? KS-LSAMP is hosting an event for potential transfer students, and we need your help! Opportunities to guide a campus tour, attend dinner or social event, and interact with community college students are available. This is a chance to share your experiences with other students.
Registration required: http://bit.ly/TSVDF19VOL


Leveraging Your Strengths to Fulfill Your Purpose and Career
October 17, 2019
11:30 – 12:30 pm
K-State Student Union, Room 203
This workshop will explore the CliftonStrengths for Students signature themes and how you can leverage them in your professional life. Whether applying for scholarships, graduate school, or other opportunities, your Strengths can help you share your story. Bring your top five CliftonStrengths to the workshop if you have taken the assessment, if possible. If you haven’t taken the assessment yet, you can still attend and learn more about CliftonStrengths and how to leverage them for success.


Application, Admission, Acceptance, Oh My!
Veterinary School 101
November 7, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm
K-State Student Union, Room 206
Are you planning to apply to veterinary school in the near future? Do you know what documents you will need? Do you have an idea of how long it will take to complete the application? If not, that’s okay. Attend this event to hear from David Hoffman, Recruitment Coordinator in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He will provide insights into the application process and beyond. You will also have a chance to hear from current veterinary school students regarding their experiences.

2019 Summer Research Program Final Poster Presentations

Students participating in the 2019 Research Immersion:Pathways to STEM (RiPS) program will be presenting their research on,

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
9:30 am
K-State Student Union Courtyard

The 8-week summer program provides early-career students the opportunity to conduct research with K-State faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. Each of the thirteen students will be presenting a poster summarizing the research they were involved with this summer.

The poster session is a come-and-go event with presentations starting at 9:30am and ending around 10:30am. We hope to see you there!

RiPS is coordinated by the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) program. The goal of KS-LSAMP is to increase the quality and quantity of underrepresented students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation.








Student participants and mentors include:

Manuel Aguero, Seward County Community College
Mentor: James Edgar, Department of Chemical Engineering

Gonzalo Alcantar, Kansas State University
Mentor: Matthew Kirk, Department of Geology

Camille Bradshaw, Dodge City Community College
Mentor: Matthew Kirk, Department of  Geology

Carlos Espino-Mendez, Garden City Community College
Mentor: Melanie Derby, Department of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering

Elijah Gardner, Kansas State University
Mentor: Jocelyn McDonald, Division of Biology

Ryan Harlan, Dodge City Community College
Mentor: Suprem Das, Department of Industrial & Manufacturing systems Engineering

Ana Herrera, Seward County Community College
Mentor: Heather Bailey, Department of Physiological Sciences

Maria Herrera, Seward County Community College
Mentor: Trisha Moore, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Jacquelyn Martinez, Dodge City Community College
Mentor: Walter Dodds, Division of Biology

Natalie Melendez-Velador, Seward County Community College
Mentor: Tom Platt, Division of Biology

Miguel Perez, Seward County Community College
Mentor: Landon Marston, Department of Civil Engineering

Marissa Shivers, Kansas State University
Mentor: William Hsu, Department of Computer Science

Daniel Ulichnie, Dodge City Community College
Mentor: David Thompson, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

To learn more about the RiPS program or KS-LSAMP you can contact Brenee King, Project Administrator at breneek@ksu.edu or visit: www.k-state.edu/lsamp


Summer 2019 Research Opportunities

Undergraduates, looking to conduct research this summer that will take you to a new location and provide a challenging yet rewarding experience. Check out the list of opportunities below. We encourage you to be mindful of the deadlines and make sure to include all necessary components of the application when you apply.

Paid summer undergraduate research Opportunity in Cell Manufacturing


Research labs are located at Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), University of Georgia (UGA), University of Wisconsin (UW) and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

Deadline for Applications is February 15, 2019

SURE, summer undergraduate research experience


This program is located at the University of Wisconsin and housed in the College of Engineering.

2019 EERE Robotics Summer Internships (Department of Energy)

Why should I apply?

  • Hands-on experience in development of future robotics technical, engineering, and advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Stipends:  High school seniors and undergraduate students receive a $600 per week stipend; graduate students and postgraduates receive a $750 per week stipend
  • Housing Allowance: $150 per week for interns whose home location is more than 50 miles from the hosting facility
  • Inbound/Outbound Travel Reimbursement: Up to $1,000 to/from assigned location for interns whose home location is more than 50 miles from the hosting facility


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2019.
  • Be a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics related to robotics and/or manufacturing.

How to Apply:  Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at


For questions please email us at Robotics.Internship@orau.org.

Application deadline:  March 5, 2019 5:00 PM EST

2019 KS-LSAMP Summer research program application now available

The application for the 2019 KS-LSAMP Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM (RiPS) program is now available for completion.The deadline to return the application to Dr. Brenee King is March 8, 2019.

The dates for the 2019 RiPS program are May 28, 2019 to July 24, 2019. You can find more information about the program, including the application, at the following website: http://www.k-state.edu/lsamp/summer_programs/index.html

Summer Research Students Present at National Conference

Seven students who completed projects this past summer as part of the KS-LSAMP Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM (RiPS) program attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) held in Washington DC on February 22-24, 2018. The ERN conference is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the Nation Science Foundation Division of Human Resources Development (HRD). The conference is student-focused with an emphasis on college and university undergraduate and graduate students. One objective of the conference was to help students improve their communication skills. This year 950+ students from 250 institutions attended the conference.

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KS-LSAMP Fall 2017 Events

Arts & Sciences Research Opportunities Fair
August 23, 2017
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
K-State Student Union, Ballroom

KS-LSAMP will have a table at the annual College of Arts & Sciences Research Opportunities Fair. Stop by to say Hi! and pick up some information for the coming semester.

KS-LSAMP Welcome Event
August 28, 2017
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
K-State Student Union, Room 227

Join us during the first event of the semester to learn more about KS-LSAMP and how it can benefit you. We will talk about our events for the semester and you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with other students.

Scholarship Application Workshop
September 26, 2017
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
111 Leadership Studies Building

Are you thinking of applying to scholarships this semester or in the future? If the answer is yes, then plan to attend our workshop. We will be discussing the different components of a scholarship application, mainly the personal statement and letters of recommendation. The workshop will get you thinking about how to best complete these components. KS-LSAMP has scholarships available to eligible students, information regarding these scholarships will be discussed at the event.

Volunteer Opportunity
October 22, 2017
2:45 pm – 7:30 pm (Different time slots available)
Register HERE: http://bit.ly/VOLTSVDF17

Interested in sharing your STEM/K-State experience with others? KS-LSAMP is hosting an event for potential transfer students and we need your help! Opportunities to guide a scavenger hunt team, attend dinner or social event and interact with students are available. This is a chance to share your experiences with other students. Registration is open until October 6, 2017.