The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program in 1991. The main goal of the LSAMP program is to increase the number of minority and underserved groups earning bachelor degrees in the science, technology. engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Through active facilitation and encouragement the LSAMP program has not only become successful at increasing and graduating undererved students in the STEM fields, but has also expanded from 6 to 39 alliances with over 500 participating institutions across the country.
The four objectives of the program are:
1. Create, maintain, and/or expand alliance partnership activities designed to recruit well qualified, underserved community colllege students into STEM baccalaureate degree programs within the Islands of Opportunity Alliance universities.
2. Provide internship and research opportunities for all LSAMP students pursuing a STEM degree.
3. Promote retention and progression rates amongst a scholarly learning community in which academic excellence is encouraged and supported through appropriate advising, mentoring, and acedemic support programs.
4. Improve instruction in STEM courses, particularly the gateway science and mathematics courses, through faculty development of high context teaching approaches.
Islands of Opportunity (ISO)-LSAMP
In November 2006 the Islands of Opportunity (IOA)-LSAMP was established to help meet the needs of underserved STEM students within the Pacific region. The alliance is made up of 19 institutions that span as far as West as Palau to the Eastern most campus on the Island of Hawaii.
The program strives to provide students with the opportunity to excel academically as well as professionally through a variety of activities, including research. The research component was developed in order to provide Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island students within the STEM disciplines an opportunity to learn about and participate in current, state-of-the-art research taking place in the STEM fields.
Students engaged in research are paid $10 per hour and will be able to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. Research opportunities are not limited to the university and can be arranged within the professional and private sectors upon request.
In order to be eligible, student participants must maintain good academic standing with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and by making satisfactory progress towards graduating from within a STEM discipline. Once accepted, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to remain eligible.
Applying to the Program
If you are interested in applying to the IOA-LSAMP program at UH Manoa, please assemble an application with the following:
• Cover Letter
1. Explain how this program could benefit you both academically and with your future career goals.
2. Explain what your potential research interests are. Include mentor contact information if applicable.
1. Describe past and current work experience
2. Include your academic record, with current and past courses, grades, and your GPA
3. Include two academic or professional letters of reference
There is no deadline for applications, however, applications will not be reviewed until complete.