The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is one of a sequence of NSF programs which seek to build productive capacity and output within institutions with significant enrollments of individuals who have faced or faces social, educational or economic barriers to careers within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals.
The program goals are accomplished through the formation of alliances. Phase I awards placed emphasis on aggregate baccalaureate production. Phase II awards augmented the Phase I emphasis with attention to individual student retention and progression to baccalaureate degrees. Phase III awards augmented the Phase I and Phase II emphases with attention to aggregate student progression to graduate school entry. Senior level awards augment the Phase I, Phase II, phase III. Senior level will also provide opportunities for international research and conferences in addition to many other support activities for students.
Success of the LSAMP program has been measured by its ability to cause a significant increase in the number of students, particularly those who have faced or faces social, educational or economic barriers, who graduate with baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields.