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Louis Stokes & LSAMP

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (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 LSAMP program is managed by the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), which is part of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

LSAMP was established by Congressional mandate in 1991 to significantly increase the quality and quantity of minorities who successfully complete baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and who continue on to graduate studies in these fields. The program supports increasing the participation and advancement of under-represented minorities.

To meet the challenges presented by the nation’s increasing needs in STEM, LSAMP is committed to the development of highly competitive STEM students from historically underrepresented minority populations – African-Americans, Hispanics, Americans Indians, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders – from pre-college through post-baccalaureate levels at our nation’s colleges and universities.

Upstate LSAMP

Cornell Engineering’s Office of Diversity Programs in Engineering is a proud partner of the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) in science and engineering. As an alliance member, we are committed to manifesting the goals of the Cornell University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholars Program for underrepresented undergraduates interested in earning an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering, & mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

LSAMP Scholars Program goals consist of:

  • Increasing the number of advanced degrees obtained by underrepresented students in STEM fields
  • Supporting a diverse learning STEM community
  • Encouraging undergraduate research experiences

ULSAMP works across the alliance of seven (7) upstate New York colleges and universities to increase recruitment and the subsequent graduation rate of both first-time freshmen and transfer students, by enhancing academic experiences and opportunities.

  • Clarkson University
  • Cornell University
  • Monroe Community College
  • SUNY Onondaga Community College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Syracuse University (lead institution)

ULSAMP is developing the next generation of innovators and contributing to growing a workforce of highly qualified talent for a knowledge-based economy that is representative of our nation’s demographics.