The Louis Stokes Alliance
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation initiative named after the late Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes, who was responsible for numerous minority focused programs the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The aim of LSAMP is to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increase the number of students interested in, academically qualified to matriculate into programs of graduate study.
The Kentucky - West Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KY-WV LSAMP) is a consortium of colleges and universities working together to create, enhance, and expand programs designed to broaden participation and increase the quality and quantity of students from underrepresented populations who receive degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Program goals and activities focus on undergraduate research experiences, graduate school preparation, and international experiences. LSAMP is a federally funded program through the National Science Foundation. KY-WV LSAMP is one of 50 alliances in the nation.
- Transitional experience
- Making the move from high school to college can be challenging, but LSAMP programs offer social and educational support to make the college experience more fulfilling.
- Research experience
- Enjoy the hands-on research activities that make a college experience more enriching.
- Explore research to find your passion and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your field.
- Postgraduate career aspirations
- LSAMP prepares you for your next step whether it be the pursuit of graduate studies and/or employment in industry or government.
- LSAMP believes in the importance of mentoring with STEM faculty and professionals, both in the classroom and in life and career.
- Participants will also become mentors to peers and K-12 students.
Benefits for Bluegrass Students
- Receive a stipend
- Access to conference and travel funding
- KY-WV Annual Research Symposium attendance
- Personal coaching from program staff and mentors
- Access to personal and professional development works
- Networking opportunities with STEM faculty at BCTC and UK