Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation
The Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP) is one of 27 Alliance programs nationwide. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Alliances are designed to substantially increase the number and quality of minority students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) and, subsequently, to increase the number of minority students entering graduate schools to earn doctoral degrees in SMET fields.
The long term goals of the LS-LAMP program are to substantially increase the number of minority students receiving bachelor of science degrees in SMET disciplines and to enroll at least 40% of theses students into SMET graduate school programs. The basic, statewide strategy is the replication and enhancement of exemplary mentoring and outreach programs, such as the Timbuktu Academy, an undergraduate research and mentoring program currently underway at Southern University, Baton Rouge.
The undergraduate enhancement activities - including financial support, rigorous mentoring, research participation, and guidance into graduate school - will be incorporated into the undergraduate SEM programs at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and the eleven participating LAPM institutions. These institutions are Dillard University, Grambling State University, Louisiana State University, McNeese State University, Nunez Community College, Southern University and A&M College, Southern University at New Orleans, Southern University at Shreveport, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, and University of Southwestern Louisiana.
The Louisiana Alliance is led by Southern University A&M College with the active input and advice of an array of collaborating public and private entities including the LS-LAMP Governing Board, chaired by the Commissioner of Higher Education. As the granting agency, the Louisiana Board of Regents has committed significant matching funds. Additionally, each participating institution provides financial support to supplement project resources.