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Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
NAU students eligible for this program receive several services free of charge
The Southern Nevada Northern Arizona Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (SNNA-LSAMP) program supports underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through a comprehensive approach to student development, community building and career readiness.
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The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is federally funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to significantly increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees earned by students from historically underrepresented populations.
Louis Stokes (1925 – 2015) was the first African American congressman elected in the state of Ohio, serving 15 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also the first African American to earn a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where he addressed many of the inequities faced by disadvantaged populations. The NSF grant funded program aimed at diversifying the nation’s STEM workforce was named in his honor.
We are part of the Southern Nevada Northern Arizona Alliance, which is a collaboration between University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Coconino Community College (CCC). The SNNA-LSAMP was formed in 2017 and is funded under grant HRD1712523.
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What are the benefits of LSAMP?
All program services and activities are intended to bolster the academic performance, persistence and graduation rates of underrepresented minority STEM students. Benefits include:
- Peer mentoring
- Academic support
- Earlier enrollment dates
- Career and grad school preparation
- Professional guidance to set and achieve goals
- Assistance with financial aid and scholarships
- Experiential learning opportunities (internships/research)
- Program funding to support LSAMP activities
- Be part of a supportive community of STEM students
Who is eligible?
Any enrolled undergraduate student who:
- identifies as an underrepresented minority*,
- is interested in exploring a STEM-related degree or career,
- and needs support to achieve their goals.
*The National Science Foundation defines underrepresented minorities as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.
What is the cost?
All SNNA‐LSAMP services are free of charge to all students selected to become participants
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One of the benefits of LSAMP is our peer mentoring program that allows students to receive one-on-one support from other students in the program. Through mentoring, LSAMP students will be provided resources to help them succeed academically and socially.
The mentoring program we offer allows participants to learn from both being a mentee, as well as being a mentor. LSAMP freshman and sophomores are paired with junior or senior mentors, ideally in a similar academic discipline. These same junior and senior students are paired with STEM graduate students, who will guide them through the transition of graduation to graduate school or career plans. LSAMP peer mentors are offered training each semester to support their progression from mentee to mentor.
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LSAMP strives to provide resources and support to LSAMP participants interested in undergraduate research. We have a multitude of faculty researchers eager to work with LSAMP students and we offer a variety of funding options. Students are encouraged to meet with our staff about opportunities within their academic field. We will provide guidance on their next steps and outreach to appropriate faculty/labs. Once a research project is secured, the student can apply for one or more of the following stipends:
- Research stipend of up to $1,000 (approximately 100 hours) of internship/research work with a defined, independent project. This stipend is renewable for projects of a larger scope. The online application for this type of stipend can be found here.
- Material and supplies stipend of up to $600 for lab supplies, poster printing, field equipment, etc. The online application for this type of funding can be found here.
- Travel stipends of up to $650 for travel to professional conferences, field site visits, etc. The online application for this type of funding can be found here.
We award stipends for research completed during fall, spring and summer semesters on a rolling-basis throughout the academic year. Priority is given to upper-division students who are first-time applicants. Lower-division students and second-time applicants may be eligible as funding permits. Check with the LSAMP office for priority application deadlines each semester.