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 program aimed at increasing 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 matriculated into, programs of graduate study. 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 STEM fields.

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.

The Montclair State University LSAMP program is lead by Dr. 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 faculty members in the College of Science and Mathematics.


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 ongoing academic and social support for students interested in pursuing STEM majors and help locating internships and/or research programs. Direct support (including Scholarships and Stipends) typically $2,000, is awarded to select 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 periodic workshops and conferences that build informal networks of students and faculty across campuses in the Alliance and to employ social networking software to develop a sense of community and social support. In addition, the program connects students with opportunities in research and international 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 led by Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. The Alliance's mission is to double the number of historically and currently underrepresented 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, building 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.