What is LSAMP?

Congressionally mandated in 1991, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program is named after Louis Stokes, a congressman from Cleveland, Ohio.

Congressman Louis Stokes in suit and tie

The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in their efforts to significantly increase the numbers of students matriculating into and successfully completing degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to diversify the STEM workforce. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. These strategies facilitate the development of well-prepared students highly-qualified and motivated to pursue graduate education or careers in STEM.

LSAMP is supported by the National Science Foundation.