The Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program was established in 1993 and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Illinois LSAMP is one of a number of consortia of colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico with the goal of significantly increasing the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented populations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Illinois LSAMP consists of nine (9) universities, four (4) regional community colleges, and one (1) government laboratory. Together this group participates in a collaborative effort to provide programs that improve the quality of STEM education for underrepresented minority students. Each of these organizations has made a commitment of faculty, staff, research facilities and technical assistance to ensure successful opportunities for students participating in Illinois LSAMP programs. Also funded under the same NSF portfolio, the ILSAMP has a Bridge to the Doctorate activity at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
Illinois LSAMP activities are comprehensive and multidisciplinary, focused specifically on STEM education. Great effort is expended to address transition points in a student’s academic career and to provide intervention at junctures crucial to preventing withdrawal from the STEM pipeline.