The Houston Louis Stokes Alliance Program Funded for Phase IV



    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named the Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (H-LSAMP) project as a Senior Alliance for the 2014-2015 academic year. With this award, the H-LSAMP, now in its fourth five-year funding period, is one of the longest-running LSAMP programs in the nation. The project has been awarded approximately $750,000 for this year, with the potential to receive up to $3.75 million over the next five years.

    The Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (H-LSAMP) was assembled under the leadership of Dr. Bobby Wilson, an L. Lloyd Woods Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Shell Oil Endowed Chaired Professor of Environmental Toxicology, with support from TSU President Dr. John Rudley. The project will be co-led by Dr. Stephen Seidman, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Texas State University. The Alliance is comprehensive, including the country’s largest school districts, two community college systems, and several comprehensive/doctoral Historically Black College/Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

    The H-LSAMP Senior Alliance will fund new efforts in student transition, student support mechanisms for students taking non-traditional courses, the inclusion of social support mechanisms into STEM retention, and the institutionalization of best practices developed during earlier LSAMP funding.  In this proposal, the Alliance will:

    •             Graduate 4,000 minority students in STEM disciplines;

    •             Improve minority student social integration to better retain and transfer students. We will work to improve student comfort levels in STEM, provide opportunities for social interactions with STEM peers for reinforcement, and prepare students for the social challenges of a global workforce; and

    •             Provide students with improved research and educational opportunities.

    Led by NSF National Director Dr. A. James Hicks, the primary goal of the LSAMP program is to increase participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for traditionally underrepresented groups in the STEM fields, such as women, students of color, and persons emerging from poverty backgrounds.

    The Houston LSAMP has been a highly successful program. During the first five years of funding, the program nearly doubled the number of underrepresented minority students earning a degree in a STEM field. It maintained that level of production in the second phase of funding, and has emerged as a role model and mentor institution for other LSAMP programs at colleges and universities across the nation.