The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF grant #1201983) which is intended to double the number of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a five-year period.
In Minnesota, the LSAMP program is called the North Star STEM Alliance, which is a partnership of fourteen higher education institutions and three community partners - the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota High Tech Association, and the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership. The academic institutions represent the breadth of higher education institutions in Minnesota, and include both public and private colleges and universities, as well as technical colleges, and two tribal colleges.
North Star STEM Alliance Goals
1. Double the number of underrepresented students receiving bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math among partner institutions in a five-year period.
2. Develop an alliance of collegiate institutions and community organizations working toward increasing the likelihood of success of underrepresented students working toward the bachelor's degree.
3. Foster institutional change toward greater diversity and inclusion on partner campuses.
North Star STEM Alliance Objectives
To increase the number of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving STEM baccalaureates, the North Star STEM Alliance has identified the following objectives:
Support student achievement via study groups, tutoring, and supplemental instruction.
Engage students more deeply in their fields through faculty mentorship and research opportunities.
Explore career directions at 4-year colleges, in industry, and graduate school.
Build community through social networking, peer mentorship, and student organizations.
- To achieve these objectives, the North Star STEM Alliance will provide comprehensive, long-term initiatives that include alliance-wide community building conferences, peer-to-peer learning, undergraduate research opportunities, programs to help students successfully bridge to college and university-level STEM programs, industry internships, professional development, and publicity of current research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Faculty Involvement in the North Star STEM Alliance
Sean Garrick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota. To meet the challenge of doubling the number of underrepresented graduates in STEM fields, the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation programs across the nation offer opportunities aimed at helping students to succeed academically. We welcome and invite you, as faculty, to join in the effort by becoming a member of the North Star STEM Alliance community.
Annette Lee is an Assistant Professor of Physics Science in the Department of Physics and Chemistry at Saint Cloud State University.
Edgar Arriaga is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota