Montclair State University has been given $560,935 to participate in the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences (LSAMP) grant awarded to Rutgers University, Newark. LSAMP has two major goals: the first is to double the number of minority students graduating in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines; the second is to successfully encourage these students to continue into STEM graduate programs. The program is divided into three clusters of participating schools. Montclair State is the "hub" of the northern cluster, which also includes William Paterson University, Bloomfield College, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Funding from this grant will allow MSU to give stipends and provide support for up to 25 "AMPS Scholars" (freshmen or transfer students) and several junior/senior class student mentors. Dr. Quinn Vega will serve as the on-campus program director of the project. Dean Robert Prezant is the Principal Investigator.