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The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is funded by the National Science Foundation.  The program’s aim is to increase the quantity and quality of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) graduates from diverse backgrounds.  The program serves under-represented minority students enrolled in designated STEM majors.  Students may join starting in the fall of their first year at RIT.

Program Opportunities

The program strives to remove barriers faced by under-represented students who are pursing STEM degrees, while enhancing their academic experiences.  The following opportunities are provided to LSAMP students:

Engage in Research. Participants conduct research under the guidance of a Faculty Mentor. Quality research projects provide a realistic picture of graduate school scholarship, while also preparing students for the doctoral school climate.

Participate in an Intense Summer Internship. Students participate in a 8-week, summer research program during which time they continue individual research projects, attend a graduate school seminar, and participate in a graduate school visitation program.

Develop and Deliver Professional Research Presentations. After completing a research experience, students are encouraged to present their research either at the RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium, or at a national/regional conference.

Attend Graduate School Preparation Seminars and Workshops. Students attend graduate school seminars and/or workshops that focus on specific topics designed to demystify the graduate school application process, including how to identify the graduate programs that "fit" their needs and interests, preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and how to excel in graduate school.

Textbook Loan Program.  Students are eligible to borrow a textbook from the program’s lending library, or have a limited number of books purchased for them each semester.

Eligibility for LSAMP:

Students must be members of a historically under-represented minority group

Must be enrolled in an NSF designated STEM major (most, but not all, STEM majors at RIT qualify)

Should have a GPA of 2.5 or above

Can enroll during annual fall recruitment starting in their first year at RIT


Kate Torrey
Assistant Director McNair/LSAMP
Phone: (585) 475-2337