LSAMP Offers Opportunities
for Undergraduate Research
NSF’s LSAMP program is a multidisciplinary
program aimed at undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in science,
engineering, technology, or mathematics. Each LSAMP alliance consists
of several academic institutions working together toward the shared goal
of increasing the number of people from underrepresented minorities who
are achieving success in the U.S. science and engineering workforce.
Currently there are 30 LSAMP alliances
all across the nation, with a total of about 400 partner institutions.
LSAMPs bring together public and private institutions that are Majority
schools (many from the top tier of research institutions), historically
Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic serving institutions
(HSIs), Tribal colleges, and community colleges.
Many LSAMP undergraduates are engaged
in laboratory research on college and university campuses and in national
laboratory facilities. This exposure not only gives them research
experience; it also allows them to develop long-lasting relationships with
faculty mentors, provides valuable contacts across a network of other students
and researchers at quality research establishments, builds confidence,
and clarifies their career goals. As of 2003, some 200,000 LSAMP
participants had earned more than 22,000 baccalaureate degrees. And
a growing number of graduates of the alliances are opting to pursue graduate
education. Thousands of young people are finding this program to
be the ideal “fast track” to a cutting-edge science or technical career.