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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation funded program whose overall goal is to assist colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

These alliances bring together colleges and universities to provide support, opportunities and communities for these students. Pierce College joins North Seattle College and Green River College to form the LSAMP Puget Sound Alliance.

Students participate in undergraduate research centered on building self-confidence along with their racial and STEM identities, with projects connected to the broader world in which they live. You will explore careers, receive mentorship from faculty and industry professionals and connect with a diverse network of your peers. Through our alliance, we can encourage and support you as you prepare for a successful career in STEM!

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Who Is Eligible for LSAMP?

The goal of LSAMP is to help underrepresented students achieve success in STEM majors and careers. Students must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Interested in pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degree.
  • From a historically underrepresented in STEM population, which includes African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

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If you have more questions about LSAMP, we are here to help. Email to get connected with program staff.

Louis Stokes

Louis Stokes

The LSAMP program was named in honor of Louis Stokes (1925 - 2015), the first Black congressman elected by the state of Ohio. Before serving for 30 years in Congress, Louis was a prominent civil rights lawyer who pursued racial justice at the local, district and federal level. As a congressman, he became the first Black member to serve on the Appropriations Committee, as well as supporting the foundation of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Source: United States House of Representatives History, Art and Archives Website

The LSAMP Puget Sound Alliance is funded by the National Science Foundation

This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under award number NSF-HRD-2009170. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.