Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

State
Texas
Academic Level
Baccalaureate
Issue Area
Retention
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Summer Bridge,
Undergraduate Research

Overview

In 1991, a state-wide effort was initiated by the eight University of Texas (UT) System campuses and six community college districts to increase the number of Underrepresented MinoritiesĀ (URMs) who complete Bachelor's degrees and pursue graduate degrees in the STEM fields. This mission was presented to the National Science Foundation in 1992, and they officially awarded and recognized the UT System as a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).

Program Description

The primary vehicle by which LSAMP has maintained its success is the Summer Research Academy (SRA). SRA is a residential program in which undergraduate STEM majors spend a summer working full-time on stipend-supportedĀ research projects under the direction of tenured faculty mentors. Approximately 50 students are chosen as SRA scholars each summer. These students are encouraged to participate in a "university exchange" by selecting summer research sites away from their home campuses. Their faculty mentors receive funding support for supplies or student travel. In addition to obtaining research experience and funding, SRA scholars are involved in several videoconferences during their research experience. Since 1992, the UT-LSAMP program has served a total of 1,886 undergraduate students. Of this total, 618 students (53%) are Latinos.

Outcome

Over the life of the program, more than 90% of the LSAMP scholars (n=1171) have graduated from UT System institutions, and the remaining students are currently enrolled and making progress toward their STEM degree. This 90% rate is significant because UT-LSAMP's original goal was to graduate 50% of participating students.