Louis Stokes Lousiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP)
From 2021 to 2025, the “STEM Pathways and Research Alliance: Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP)” emphasizes conducting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education research with the aim of adding to the knowledge base for broadening participation in STEM, particularly for underrepresented minorities, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans, among others. The comprehensive implementation plan of LS-LAMP provides a living laboratory for our research efforts. LS-LAMP focuses on recruiting, immersing in an engaging, supportive, and systemic mentoring ecosystem, and timely graduating underrepresented minorities with Bachelor’s (BS) degrees in STEM disciplines and guiding an increasing number of these alumni to the pursuit of graduate STEM degrees, with emphasis on the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The students’ critically important experiential learning will partly be attained through research experiences on our campuses and in the summer at industrial, federal, and other research laboratories around the country. Additionally, LS-LAMP will reinforce its ongoing efforts to expose meaningfully minority students to international research experiences. While we increase the number and quality of minorities earning STEM BS degrees, LS-LAMP continues to build partnerships with public and private entities and LS-AMP Regional Centers of Excellence. At the level of individual partner campuses, we will enhance our already respectable institutionalization efforts, with additions to the instructional and research infrastructure.
“STEM Pathways and Research Alliance: Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP)” is currently in Year 2 of its Senior Alliance (2021-2025). The LS-LAMP Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) was developed based on experiences in Phase I of LS-LAMP. It provides a clear, comprehensive, and detailed roadmap for the achievement of the goals of LS-LAMP. Its sub-objectives and action steps address individual recruitment, systemic mentoring, retention, graduate school attendance, enhancement of institutional infrastructure, curriculum reform, the institutionalization of LS-LAMP on partner campuses, and the acquisition of external funding for the continuation of LS-LAMP beyond NSF support. Achievement of the above objectives is a fail-safe means of attaining LS-LAMP’s goals of increasing minority participation in STEM disciplines and graduate school success.
Led by Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LS-LAMP comprises fourteen institutions and one research facility, including:
Grambling State University
Lousiana Tech University
Louisiana Universities and Marine Consortium
McNeese State University
Nunez Community College
Southern University and A&M College
Southern University at New Orleans
Southern University at Shreveport
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of New Orleans
Xavier University of Louisiana