Auburn University to host annual ALSAMP spring conference

AUBURN – Auburn University will host 11 fellow institutions from the Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ALSAMP) as they gather for their annual spring conference April 19-20. The 2009 ALSAMP Spring Executive Meeting and Scholars/Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows Conference will take place at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center.

The goal of the ALSAMP program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to increase the quantity and quality of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees of higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

“This will be the fifth annual ALSAMP Scholars/Bridge to the Doctorate Conference and the fourth time Auburn University has hosted the conference,” said Overtoun Jenda, associate provost of diversity and multicultural affairs at Auburn University. “We are proud to host these outstanding students and faculty.”

The Spring Executive Committee Meeting will take place Sunday, April 19. Focus groups, a luncheon and a research poster competition will take place Monday, April 20. Charles Nash, vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Alabama System, will give a lecture titled, “The Nation’s Challenging Economy vs. Your Education and Career Goals.” Mary Ellen Mazey, Auburn University provost and vice president for academic affairs, will give remarks at the luncheon, followed by Jenda’s “The Importance of Securing Assistant and Fellowship Support.”

Approximately 140 undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff are expected to attend. Participants will be attending from historically black colleges and universities as well as majority institutions including Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Miles College, Oakwood University, Stillman College, Talladega College, Tuskegee University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of South Alabama.

“Students and faculty from all institutions of higher education in Alabama are participating in this event and are provided with opportunities to network and share research efforts,” said Louis Dale, principal investigator for ALSAMP at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The annual spring conference is designed to provide an opportunity for ALSAMP Scholars and Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows to meet and share successes and solutions to problems faced by minority students in the pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; motivate ALSAMP Scholars to pursue doctorate degrees in these fields; provide a forum to showcase student research; and provide an opportunity for ALSAMP faculty to exchange ideas and plan curriculum reform.

(Written by Lisa Marshall.)

Contact: Overtoun Jenda, (334) 844-4184 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (