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 International University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, 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.
Funded by a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation, the Texas A&M System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is a program under the Division of Equality for Excellence in STEM (EES). The EES serves a mission to support and grow STEM education for underrepresented people.
Dr. Shannon D. Walton,
TAMUS LSAMP Program