University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (UT LSAMP)

State
Texas
Academic Level
Baccalaureate
Issue Area
Retention
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Pathway/Pipeline,
STEM,
Undergraduate Research

Overview

The University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (UT LSAMP) helps underrepresented undergraduate students successfully complete high-quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to diversify the STEM workforce. UT LSAMP’s goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who earn STEM associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Program Description

Established in 1992, UT LSAMP is the outcome of a 1991 Texas-wide effort by the eight University of Texas (UT) System campuses and six state community college districts to increase the number of students from historically underrepresented groups earning a STEM associate's /bachelor’s degree.

UT LSAMP offers participants sustainable, high-impact strategies, including their Summer Research Academy (SRA) and the Summer Research Academy Abroad (SRA - A). SRA is a 10-week, residential program that provides undergraduate STEM majors a full-time, paid, intensive graduate research experience working alongside nationally and internationally recognized professors at any of the 8 UT Campuses. By participating in this program, SRA allows participants to experience a STEM graduate program. In addition to conducting supervised research, SRA participants meet graduate students in the graduate program of their choice, attend research group/lab meetings, and participate in special meetings designed to help them with their graduate school plans.

SRA - A is a fully funded, 8-week summer study abroad research opportunity that provides undergraduate STEM majors individual, independent research experiences in labs/research groups at institutions abroad. Upon their return to the U.S., SRA – A participants are invited to participate, all expenses paid, in the annual UT System Student Research Conference that takes place each August.

Outcome

  • Increased graduation: Since its inception, more than 90% of UT LSAMP scholars have graduated from UT System institutions. The program's original goal was to graduate at least 50% of scholars. 
  • Increased participation in research: From 1993-2020, more than 2,100 scholars have participated in the Summer Research Academy. In addition, from 2013-2017, more than 350 students have participated in the annual UT System Student Research Conference. 
  • Increased participation in research abroad: In the last five years (2015-2020), 35 students have conducted research in Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan.