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The Louis Stokes Alliance

Congressman Louis StokesThe Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation initiative named after the late Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes, who was responsible for numerous minority-focused programs in the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). LSAMP aims to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increase the number of students interested in, and academically qualified to matriculate into programs of graduate study.

The Kentucky – West Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KY-WV LSAMP) is a consortium of ten colleges and universities working together to create, enhance, and expand programs designed to broaden participation and increase the quality and quantity of students from underrepresented populations who receive degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Program goals and activities focus on undergraduate research experiences, graduate school preparation, and international experiences. LSAMP is a federally funded program through the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1826763. KY-WV LSAMP is one of 50 alliances in the nation.

Services Provided:

  • Transitional experience
    • Making the move from high school to college can be challenging, but LSAMP programs offer social and educational support to make the college experience more fulfilling.
  • Research experience
    • Learn about hands-on research opportunities that make a college experience more enriching.
    • Explore research to find your passion and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your field.
  • Career aspirations
    • LSAMP can help prepare you for your next step, whether it be the pursuit of baccalaureate or graduate studies, and/or employment in industry or government.
  • Mentoring
    • LSAMP believes in the importance of mentoring with STEM faculty and professionals, both in the classroom and in life and career.

Benefits for Jefferson students:

  • Receive a stipend for participation in activities.
  • Participate in field trips to learn about STEM research and careers.
  • Participate in KY-WV Annual Research Symposium.
  • Receive personal coaching from program staff and mentors.
  • Gain access to personal and professional development.
  • Networking opportunities with STEM faculty at JCTC, the University of Louisville, or local industry/organizations.

STEM Career Fields Eligible for LSAMP

For more information on how to join, please email