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What is the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program?

It is a program that is set-up to improve the retention and graduation of students in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, and particularly to improve the number of degrees awarded to ethnic minority students.

How does it work?

One way it works is that it provides students with research and enrichment experiences in their science field. For example, if you apply for and are accepted as a Louis Stokes Scholar you will be paired with a faculty mentor who will help you learn about the “real-life” research going on in his/her area. You will be a part of the faculty’s research team, and during one or more summers you will learn your discipline’s research methods, come to understand the context of a particular research project, and contribute to the project in some significant way. You may earn a stipend of $1500 to $2000 for your summer research experience.

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