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Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The NSF funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program aims to foster the success of historically and currently underrepresented American Indian, African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander students earning bachelor’s degrees 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’s purpose is to increase the number of academically prepared students interested in graduate and doctoral study. Students in the program take part in academic training sessions, have opportunities to carry out research with faculty and 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. Students also have access to Bridge Programs that target entering freshmen and feature college survival skills and motivational elements, as well as academic courses such as pre-calculus, physics, chemistry and computing principles.

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 LSAMP Scholars in research programs, intern/externships, advising and graduation of our senior LSAMP students into graduate programs or successful careers in the sciences.

Additional information regarding the program can be obtained by looking through the LSAMP Brochure and by contacting the program director, whose information is below.


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Aihua Li

Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Richardson Hall, 320
Isamar Cortes

Isamar Cortes

Graduate Assistant
CELS 307