University of Mississippi


The IMAGE Program at The University of Mississippi began in 1991 as part of The Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation.  The Alliance, now called The Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP), is funded by The National Science Foundation and the eight public universities in Mississippi. The LSMAMP was formed to address the shortfall of scientists, engineers and mathematicians that the American workforce faces, adversely impacting the nation’s competitive posture in the global economy.  National higher education enrollment data indicate significant under-representation of minorities among Americans holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in all academic disciplines.

The acronym IMAGE stands for INCREASING MINORITY ACCESS TO GRADUATE EDUCATION, and the IMAGE Program at The University of Mississippi strives to prepare IMAGE students in science, engineering and mathematics (STEM) so that they will be able to successfully enter graduate school after their undergraduate studies.  Everything we do is oriented toward striving for excellence, and students who accept the challenge to pursue excellence become IMAGE Scholars. Our goal is to help all IMAGE Scholars graduate with high grades and the ability to succeed in postgraduate studies – thus the name IMAGE, “Increasing

Minority Access to Graduate Education.”  If you are looking for an undergraduate program in science, engineering, or mathematics, IMAGE has a place for you.