What is TAMUS LSAMP?
The Texas A&M System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TAMUS LSAMP) is a partnership comprised of Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Texas A&M International University and Prairie View A&M University committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students participating in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program designed to foster achievement in minority students seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students who complete baccalaureate and doctoral degrees in STEM fields and, ultimately, enter the ranks of the faculty.
LSAMP students enjoy enriching experiences, such as personal development and leadership development activities, as well as activities to strengthen academic learning. Activities include participation in cohort-based learning communities, supplemental instruction, mentoring relationships with faculty and more experienced students, an annual LSAMP symposium, research conferences, undergraduate research experiences, industry and laboratory internships, and networks for STEM opportunity information updates.
When the program began in 1990, minority students earned 3,914 of the STEM bachelor’s degrees awarded in the U.S. By 1998, the number of degrees awarded to minority students increased to 20,538 as a result of LSAMP programs around the country. In 2004, there were more than 30 LSAMP programs in the United States. Originally entitled the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP), it was renamed the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program in 1999 to honor U.S. House Representative Louis Stokes, co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus.
As of August 2019, The TAMUS LSAMP program has now ended its previously NSF-funded project – Sustaining the Progress, and has commenced a new NSF-funded project, titled STEM Pathways and Research Alliance. During the previous phase of funding, Phase V, the primary focus was directed on institutionalizing successful recruitment and retention efforts for URM STEM majors, sustenance of STEM student transfer and increasing participation in STEM undergraduate research to create a model program that increases the number of globally competitive URM STEM graduates. Objectives for STEM Pathways and Research Alliance include the following: (1) engage LSAMP-supported URM students in short-term and long-term research experiences (both local and international), (2) provide multiple forms of mentoring to URM LSAMP students, (3) engage LSAMP participants in professional and community-building events, (4) increase self-reported understanding of the research process and interest in conducting research among URM LSAMP participants, (5) conduct rigorous research to explore “grit” as a factor in URM student persistence and success. STEM students from URM groups currently enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Texas A&M International University or Prairie View A&M University are eligible to be part of TAMUS LSAMP.
Dr. Shannon D. Walton,
TAMUS LSAMP Program