About the Program

The Garden State Alliance for Minority Participation at
Montclair State University

What is the LSAMP Program?

The LSAMP program is an NSF-funded pro-gram aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathe-matics (STEM) baccalaureate degree pro-grams, and increasing the number of stu-dents interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study. LSAMP supports sustained and com-prehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of in-creasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields.

The LSAMP program supports comprehensive attention to those processes and factors that promote baccalaureate attainment, prepara-tion for graduate study, and preparation for successful careers by students within alliances.

The Montclair State University LSAMP pro-gram is lead by Prof. Carlos Molina, of the Department of Biology and Molecular Biology. Students in the LSAMP program are members of learning circles, have access to tutoring and mentoring, have regular seminars on a wide range of topics, and have access to research opportunities with College faculty members.


LSAMP programs are designed to provide students with valuable leadership skills and experiential learning in the field of science. In addition, the program also provides on-going academic and social support for students interested in pursuing STEM majors and help locating internships and/or re-search programs. Direct Support (including Scholarships and Stipends) typically $2,000, is award-ed to selected MSU LSAMP students each academic year, and are based on academic excellence and other selected criteria. These scholarships and stipends assist students in meeting their financial and academic responsibilities.

Bridge Programs targeting entering freshmen feature college survival skills and motivational elements, as well as academic courses such as pre-calculus, physics, chemistry, and computing principles.

The program provides forums such as peri-odic workshops and conferences that build informal networks of students and faculty across campuses in the Alliance and to em-ploy social networking software to develop a sense of community and social support; Provide opportunities in research and inter-national experiences for advanced GS-LSAMP Scholars and forums to share these experiences with incoming students.

Garden State-LSAMP Programs

The Garden State LSAMP is an innovative alliance between eight four-year institutions of northern and central New Jersey and Essex County College led by Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. The Alliance's mission is to double the number of historically and currently under-represented American Indian, African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander students earning bachelor's degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Using best practices for attracting and retaining students in STEM fields, build-ing upon successful programs at each of the partner schools, and establishing an innovative “hub and spoke” design to establish strong real and cyberspace communities, the Garden State-LSAMP is working to establish a pipeline for student success in the STEM disciplines.

View the LSAMP Brochure.