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What is LSAMP?


STEM fields The Garden State LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) program, is a non-medical science program initiated by the National Science Foundation. The LSAMP program was designed to greatly increase the number of professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields from minority groups who are traditionally underrepresented. The program provides support services at many levels to help interested students be successful in STEM majors.
STEM fields are exciting, challenging and lead to rewarding and stable careers. Most of the problems our world faces are being addressed byprofessionals in STEM areas. Whether it is to address global warming,energy production, food production, finding cures to disease, information technology or space travel, it will require a vast supply of STEM professionals for success. The problem there is a severe shortage ofpeople with this kind of training in the United States. For that reason,the U.S. is falling behind many countries in our ability to compete. Inthe long run, this will have dire consequences for our country.

GSLSAMP National Science Foundation(NSF) To address this need, the LSAMP(previously called, AMP) began in the 1980'S and continues to grow today. The idea is to provide academic support, and specialized advising for students who wish to enter STEM professions. Students are eligible for mentoring, free tutoring services and paid research opportunities with university faculty. The program now has 41 LSAMP alliances and is considered one of the most successful of its kind.


LSAMP Scholars have some outstanding opportunities to help them complete a degree in STEM fields.

GSLSAMP Oppourtunities
  1. Be part of a Learning Community of students who help each other succeed in classes
  2. Have councilors who will personally help you choose courses and programs to best suit your interests
  3. Earn stipends for tutoring, leading study groups, doing research, community service, etc.
  4. Have research experiences in your area of interest in faculty laboratories
  5. Attend LSAMP conferences in Washington DC to be part of
  6. Obtain internships in STEM industries for practical
  7. Graduate with a solid degree and have opportunities for careers or graduate school

Being an LSAMP scholar also gives you opportunities to have international experiences at laboratories through special programs that will provide financial support to you. You also qualify for the Bridges to the Doctorate program which allows you to attend any one of a number of universities with exceptional financial support for two years just to take courses and a commitment from the department to support you throughout your graduate career.

Finally, STEM professionals are in such high demand that their careers are very stable even in tough economic times. The careers are resistant to layoffs and recessions in general.

How do I apply?

You must be an undergraduate student interested in a non-medical science major. Majors include: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Math, Physics.

To apply fill out an application: Here

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