The Louis Stokes alliance for minority participation

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) was founded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1991. The goal of LSAMP is to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculating into programs of graduate study.

There are over forty LSAMP programs throughout the United States. LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented in these fields.

About Louis Stokes


Louis Stokes (1925 – 2015), for whom LSAMP is named, was a politician, civil rights attorney, and advocate. He was the first African American congressman from Ohio and was a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus. Louis Stokes spent his life serving and defending those in need. 

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