Prof. Karen Marais receives LSAMP Outstanding Mentor Award
The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is one of a sequence of four NSF programs which seek to build productive capacity and output within institutions with significant enrollments of minority populations underrepresented within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals. LSAMP is a multi-disciplinary comprehensive program. It is designed to increase substantially the quality and quantity of students receiving baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields and well prepared for either doctoral study or professional practice in STEM fields normally supported by NSF. The LSAMP program was initially focused primarily on baccalaureate production. However, as the program has matured it has placed increased emphasis on the progression of individual students to baccalaureate degrees and entry into graduate programs of study. The LSAMP program encourages the formation of alliances among leaders throughout academia, government, industry, and other organizations. The LSAMP program supports comprehensive attention to those processes and factors that promote baccalaureate attainment, preparation for graduate study, and preparation for successful careers by students within alliances. These alliances may include partners drawn from among two- and four-year higher education institutions, businesses and industries, national research laboratories, local, state, and Federal agencies.
While the LSAMP program supports activities that focus specifically on undergraduate STEM education, projects must also give consideration to the critical transition points in STEM education (i.e., high school-to-college; 2-year to 4-year college; undergraduate-to-workplace; undergraduate-to-graduate study; and graduate study-to-faculty career). The scope and scale of an LSAMP project (i.e., the number of transition points addressed) may vary among proposals, depending on project focus, needs, and goals.
Success of the LSAMP program has been measured by its ability to cause a significant increase in the number of students, particularly those drawn from populations which are currently underserved in science and engineering fields, who graduate with baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields.
For more information, please visit LSAMP's Website.