Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a program funded by the National Science Foundation.  The primary goals are to increase the graduation rate - both at the undergraduate and graduate levels - of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and by doing so diversify the nation’s workforce in those fields.  Students supported by the LSAMP program include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

From the LSAMP website:  “Overall, the LSAMP program provides funding to alliances that implement comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM.”

There are two primary projects under the LSAMP program:

  1. Alliances:  Alliances are associations formed among multiple degree-granting institutions.  For example, CAMP - the California Alliance for Minority Participation - is composed of the nine University of California campuses that grant bachelors degrees.  Alliances focus on recruiting and retaining undergraduate students.

  2. Bridge to the Doctorate (BD):  This program provides support to students in the first two-years of their STEM doctoral program, to enable them to complete their doctoral degrees and enter the STEM workforce.


For more information about the LSAMP program or other NSF programs, please visit the LSAMP NSF website or the National Science Foundation website.