Dr. Sharon A. Lewis
Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Langston University
Dr. Sharon Lewis, associate professor of chemistry at Langston University, has been recognized as the outstanding mentor for Langston’s Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, a program that pairs faculty mentors with minority students.
Nicholas Simon Jr., a doctoral student in integrative biology, nominated Lewis for the honor, recalling how she first warmly welcomed him to Langston as a visiting freshman and spoke to him and other students about opportunities in the chemistry department.
“After the discussion, Dr. Lewis gave each of us a hug as we departed from the room,” Simon said. “At that moment I knew Langston University was right for me. I had never toured a university where a professor exhibited such a sense of compassion and inclusion.”
As he matriculated through Langston University, Simon enrolled in two of Dr. Lewis’s chemistry courses, which he described as some of the best classes he had ever attended. “She communicated the concept of chemistry so clearly, ultimately preparing us for inevitable success in our upcoming courses.”
As an LSAMP mentor, Lewis ensures that each student within the association knows about opportunities for growth, whether they be internships or graduate school programs.
“Dr. Lewis is the mother for many that never had one, a friend for those who need one, and a shoulder to cry on during the tough times,” Simon said. “She is a blessing to the LSAMP community, and I hold her to the highest regard.”
About the Program: Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, underrepresented college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program.