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New Madison College LSAMP Inspire Scholars Program!


Congratulations to Madison College for their successful proposal to NSF. Bethany Sansing-Helton and Chuck Benton who co-direct the WiscAMP Subaward for Madison College wrote and submitted an unsolicited proposal to the LSAMP program office to fund a larger initiative at Madison College. Theproposal has been recommended for funding!!

This is a big accomplishment for a 2-year institution in our alliance and meets one of our stated goals with respect to developing institutional capacity broaden participation in STEM. 

A Wall of Inspiration

From the 1st WiscAMP Student Leadership Symposium


Why do we need student leaders in STEM?

Different people (not one demographic) = new ideas and more collaboration

To inspire other students and reduce isolation

To create a support system and build communities

To create a more welcoming environment to encourage conversation

To increase cultural receptiveness

To decrease racism, discrimination and prejudice

To increase accessibility of resources and services

To educate the majority

To change the culture of your discipline

To pave a pathway for minority students in doubt of pursuing a degree

To inspire and motivate each other

To show that it is possible

To shape the outlook for our communities

To spread knowledge

Role models

Challenging the norms

We are needed to inspire other individuals like us to choose STEM as a major, show them that they can & will succeed and to be an enabler for change.



Leadership & Success

Spring 2016 Highlights


Congratulations to Darian James and J. Miguel Hernandez-Ochoa! Two WiscAMP students were awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this spring. Darian James (Biomedical Engineering) is a first year WiscAMP Bridge to the Doctorate student. The second student, J. Miguel Hernandez-Ochoa was in the first cohort of the Madison College WiscAMP Scholars transfer preparation program. He graduated from UW-Madison in May and will begin his doctoral studies in horticulture at the University of California-Davis this fall.  


WiscAMP students from across the state attended the first WiscAMP Student Leadership Symposium on February 20, 2016. The morning leadership development workshop was led by Dr. Jerry Whitmore of the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE). The luncheon featured a graduate student panel with four WiscAMP Bridge to the Doctorate students. Beatriz Camacho (Chemistry), Katrina Carter (Physiology), Darian James (Biomedical Engineering) and Godwin Ashley Dilibe Offiah Civil & Environmental Engineering) presented their research and discussed their paths to success in STEM.

The luncheon was followed by a poster session. You can see a highlight video of the event here.


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