The National Science Foundation (NSF) initiated the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program in 1991 to help the nation meet its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce needs. The LSAMP program is named after former Cleveland, Ohio US Rep. Louis Stokes who served as a leading figure in Unites States Congress in matters concerning civil rights, equality, and social and economic justice. The program is designed to increase substantially the quantity and quality of minority students receiving baccalaureate degrees in STEM disciplines and, subsequently, to increase the number of minority students entering graduate school who obtain doctoral degrees in STEM fields.
The University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore support the principal that effective comprehensive intervention programs are required in order to substantially increase the success rates of minority students in STEM. Therefore, under the umbrella of NSF, the University System of Maryland's LSAMP Program, which is made up of a collaborative partnership between UMBC, UMCP, and UMES, designed a Scholars Program that provides ongoing academic and social support for students pursuing STEM majors. Through this program, participants have access to mentoring, professional development workshops, community outreach activities and research opportunities. Select participants are eligible for stipend support and continued eligibility is based on academic performance and program participation.
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Goals of the LSAMP Scholars Program are to:
Enhance the academic and professional preparation of undergraduate student participants;
Provide opportunities for early and continuing student participation in undergraduate research; and
Increase the number of underrepresented minority students who obtain undergraduate STEM degrees.