The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program at Oregon State University is dedicated to increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to increasing the number of students interested in and qualified for undergraduate research and graduate level studies.
Tentative dates Sept. 14–23, 2023
LSAMP, funded by the National Science Foundation, seeks to integrate students into academic life at Oregon State and into their chosen discipline in a way that will foster growth and success. Students are provided with financial, academic, social and professional support in a coordinated effort to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. Programming and resources include a residential bridge program for incoming first-year students, mentor program, Second-year & Transfer Experience Program, tutoring, workshops, a student center and undergraduate research funding.
Other institutions that are part of the Pacific Northwest LSAMP alliance include:
"I am glad that I decided to join because I gained a community that I never imagined I could have. Sixty plus students that were in the same boat as me; friends that I could look to in my first year in college when I was feeling down, exhausted, or unmotivated. This community is especially important at OSU, a predominately white institution. The opportunities and outcomes from LSAMP are immeasurable. The friends I've kept, connections I made, and experiences I've had in LSAMP helped me get to where I am now and serve as a resource for my future."
"LSAMP has benefited my college experience exponentially. Whether it has been my opportunity to work with various advisors and facilitators, or the many trips we've gone on together. I've attended four LSAMP conferences over the past four years and have traveled with a different group every time. I've appreciated being pushed to take advantage of opportunities given to me and to meet new people and create new networks over the years. It gave me a community I've felt safe and supported in."
"I have definitely benefited from being in LSAMP. I owe a lot of my resiliency at this institution as a first-generation student to having a community like this and mentors that support me and make me feel like there is a place for me in higher education. A sense of community has been my biggest takeaway, I've met some of my closest friends through LSAMP and feel so much more secure in my place in my academic and on-campus life. It has made me feel more connected to the OSU community because there are people from LSAMP working all across campus."