The Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP) is designed for students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the LSAMP program began in 1994 when Oklahoma institutions of higher education joined forces to significantly increase the recruitment, enrollment and retention of under-represented minority students in STEM disciplines. The LSAMP program is named after retired Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes, who is responsible for numerous minority focused programs throughout the NSF.
The Oklahoma program nurtures and assists students through the undergraduate program while creating opportunities for students to pursue graduate degrees in their selected STEM disciplines.
OK-LSAMP scholars are provided with opportunities to interact with faculty scientists, participate in research activities, present at national conferences, and prepare for the transition into graduate programs or the workforce.
Benefits of the program include:
- $250 - $1,000 stipend per semester
- Possible paid summer research internship
- Research projects in state-of-the-art laboratories with faculty mentors
- Peer mentoring
- Opportunities to develop faculty mentored research projects,
- Travel opportunities to present research projects at state and national science conferences
- Opportunities to prepare for graduate school.
Requirements of the program include:
- Minimum 3.00 cumulative or graduate/retention GPA
- Full-time student status in approved STEM field
- U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
- Demonstrated intent in pursuing undergraduate research and a graduate degree in STEM discipline
- Participation and contribution to program activities
- Membership of the following under-represented groups: African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islander, White (must be first-generation college student)