"I attribute much of my success to the support from the AMP program, which, during my undergraduate studies, guided and supported me to conduct and present research to the scientific community."

Marvin Vasquez
post-doctoral student
Materials Science
Stony Brook University


Since 1996, the State University of New York Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (SUNY LSAMP) has been helping to change the basic shape of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and forging new opportunities for underrepresented minority students in New York State. The infrastructure, research base, and replicable models that have been developed are the result of aggressive and sustained efforts of the Alliance partners. These efforts have resulted in a substantial increase in bachelor's degrees awarded to underrepresented (UREP) minority students in STEM fields.  In addition, the thrust has led to an astonishing increase in the number of UREP students enrolled in STEM programs.

  • SUNY LSAMP builds on local strengths and encourages diversity as it continues to forge an alliance that serves the needs of students in urban, rural and suburban settings.
  • SUNY LSAMP has a strong commitment to implementing the changes necessary to achieve its goals through program innovation, the establishment of best practices and the integration of research and education.

  • To substantially increase the number of underrepresented (UREP) minority students who successfully complete bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • To substantially increase the enrollment of underrepresented minority undergraduate students in STEM disciplines.
  • To substantially increase the number of underrepresented minority students going on to graduate study, to academic careers and into the STEM professional workforce.
  • To improve the retention rate and academic success of individual UREP STEM students at SUNY LSAMP institutions.
  • To foster and create innovative programs that add to the knowledge base about success and provide models for other programs to replicate.
  • To institutionalize SUNY LSAMP programs, strategies and goals into the structure of the SUNY LSAMP institutions.

    NSF Admission Criteria

    The State University of New York Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (SUNY LSAMP) is funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (African-American, Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, Hawaiian Native, and Native Pacific Islander) who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The LSAMP program is especially interested in students who intend to pursue graduate degrees in STEM disciplines. Applicants must:

  • Be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must have an ultimate goal of obtaining a bachelorís degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics
  • Must be willing to participate in LSAMP program activities

  • (Individual campuses may have other requirements.)

  • Scholarships and stipend support
  • Workshops and tutorials in STEM disciplines
  • Mentoring programs that link faculty and staff to students
  • Paid research and internship opportunities
  • Opportunities for students to attend professional conferences and present the results of their research
  • Assistance to students in applying to graduate programs
  • Innovative enrichment courses and program models


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