The National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program aims to foster success in science and mathematics by minority students in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The Garden State LSAMP program, led by Rutgers-Newark, has three clusters of participating colleges and universities in New Jersey. The College of Science and Mathematics maintains a leadership role in the Garden State-LSAMP program. Montclair State University is the "hub" of the program's northern cluster.
The LSAMP program is aimed at students in the sciences, particularly those from populations underrepresented in science and math disciplines. In particular it seeks to help students successfully complete science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and to increase the number of students interested in and academically qualified for graduate study. Students in the program take part in academic training sessions, have opportunities to carry out research with faculty and to meet with leaders in science, technology and mathematics. Selected students, as LSAMP Scholars, receive financial support (up to $2000/year) for their LSAMP activities while many others gain the advantage of the program support structure as LSAMP Affiliates.
In the Fall 2011, CSAM will be recruiting up to 25 "AMPS Scholars" (freshmen, sophomores or transfer students), plus several junior/senior class student mentors, as well as a large group of LSAMP Affiliate students. The College had its first cohort of LSAMP students in Fall 2009. This year, we are looking forward to wide participation in the program with educational and social events, tutoring and mentoring programs, CSAM faculty members supporting AMPS Scholars in research programs, intern/externships, advising, and graduation of our senior AMPS students into graduate programs or successful careers in the sciences.
Additional information regarding the program can be obtained by contacting the program Director, Dr. Quinn Vega, Chair, Department of Biology and Molecular Biology, at email@example.com.