Aiming High and Making a Difference
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program of the National Science Foundation was established by Congressional mandate in 1991. The goals of LSAMP are to significantly increase the quality and quantity of minorities who successfully complete baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and to increase the number of minority students who continue on to graduate studies in these fields. The LSAMP program places particular emphasis on transforming STEM education through innovation recruitment and retention strategies and experiences in support of groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African-Americans, Alaskans Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians , and Native pacific Islanders.
The LSAMP program supports sustained and comprehensive approaches to broadening participation at the baccalaureate level. The program’s goal are accomplished through the formation of “Alliances” that include multiple institutions of higher education working together towards a shared goal. The Alliances include the full range of types of colleges and universities, and often include partners from industry, national research laboratories, and State and Federal agencies. The LSAMP Program started with just six Alliances and has grown to over 40, with over 600 institutions included as partners. To date, over 400,000 LSAMP participants have completed BA/BS degrees in STEM disciplines, and substantial numbers of these students have gone on to pursue graduate study in STEM.