The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation which is intended to double the number of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a five-year period.
The Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance is the Minnesota branch of this nation-wide program. Aside from receiving funding from NSF, we also receive funding from 3M to support Southeast Asians along with the rest of our cohort, providing stipends, travel opportunities, research funding, and more to students who join our cohort.
The University of Minnesota's MnDRIVE program is run by the Office for the Vice President of Research and we are one of the LSAMP's fourteen partners. Science, applied science, and engineering span four colleges on the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses: College of Science and Engineering, College of Biological Sciences, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Liberal Arts. Numerous research institutes connect these disciplines in research across the science and technology spectrum.
- Since its founding in 1851, the University of Minnesota has grown to become one of the largest public institutions in the nation.
- The University has over 4,000 faculty serving over 40,000 undergraduates and 25,000 graduate students.
- Being a land grant institution, it has a commitment to providing education to students of all income levels and an investment in agricultural research and development.
- Its strategic plan is focused on growing its research to become one of the top three public research institutions in the nation.