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Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

About LSAMP

Since 1993, the University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) has sought to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. The alliance uses research opportunities to encourage minority US citizens and U.S. permanent residents to earn baccalaureate degrees and to pursue graduate education in the state of Texas. In addition to UTA, the alliance includes UT Austin, UT Brownsville, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Pan American, UT Permian Basin, UT San Antonio, and UT Tyler.


LSAMP Summer Research Academy

Each year, the UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program accepts applications for their Summer Research Academy. The goal of the program is to increase the quality and quantity of undergraduate and graduate degree recipients in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields through participation in supervised undergraduate research experiences. Apply Now!


Fall and Spring LSAMP Research Experience

Undergraduate students may be selected for a fall or spring semester faculty-mentored research experience. Students participating in the program present their research findings at appropriate research conferences and meetings such as the UT System LSAMP conferences, the UTA ACES symposium, and the annual SACNAS National Conference. Students are also encouraged to present their work at appropriate professional conferences in their respective field of study.  In summer semesters, qualified undergraduate students can be apply to participate in the LSAMP Summer Research Academy at any of the UT System LSAMP Alliance campuses. Note:  Fall and Spring LSAMP Research Experience is not currently offered. 


UT System Summer Research Academy Abroad (SRA Abroad)

If you're interested in combining your passion for science with exploration of a new culture, you should consider applying to the SRA Abroad. Even if you don’t speak another language, your prior research knowledge and the fact that most research groups conduct their work in English means that you could have an incredible experience for your professional development and growth as a scientist or engineer.


Undergraduate Scholars


Student Testimonials


Contact Information


Program Funding Information


About Louis Stokes

Born in Ohio in 1925, Louis Stokes played an important role in the quest for civil rights in the United States, first as an attorney and later as a member of the US Congress.


Summer Research Academy

Each year, the UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program accepts applications for their Summer Research Academy. The goal of the program is to increase the quality and quantity of undergraduate and graduate degree recipients in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields through participation in supervised undergraduate research experiences.

The UTA LSAMP SRA will be held June 4-August 9, 2018.

(Note: Other campuses in the UT System may have slightly different LSAMP summer research periods.)

If selected for this special summer experience, you will:

  • Earn up to $4,000 stipend

  • Participate in an exciting faculty-mentored research experience,

  • Engage in  hands-on research guided by nationally and internationally-recognized faculty members

  • Attend seminars on topics such as career development, presenting your research, and preparing for graduate school

  • Obtain funding to attend professional conferences to present your research

  • Earn potential opportunities for generous LSAMP BD Fellowships to pursue doctoral degrees

  • If traveling to another university, get up to $500 for travel and free on-campus housing for approximately 10 weeks

Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply.  

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Full-time enrollment in previous Spring semester and following Fall semester

  • STEM (i.e.: Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field major

  • Full availability and commitment during the summer research period with no other obligations

  • A minimum 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale (3.0 or higher, preferred)

  • US citizens or US Permanent Residents

  • May not graduate with undergraduate degree before December 2018

 

Apply Now!

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Summer SRA. Please submit the  pre-application to begin the application process. The 2018 Summer SRA application deadline is February 15, 2018

Women and traditionally underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply. 


Fall and Spring LSAMP Research Experience

Undergraduate students may be selected for a fall or spring semester faculty-mentored research experience. Students participating in the program present their research findings at appropriate research conferences and meetings such as the UT System LSAMP conferences, the UTA ACES symposium, and the annual SACNAS National Conference. Students are also encouraged to present their work at appropriate professional conferences in their respective field of study.  In summer semesters, qualified undergraduate students can be apply to participate in the LSAMP Summer Research Academy at any of the UT System LSAMP Alliance campuses. Note:  Fall and Spring LSAMP Research Experience is not currently offered.


UT System Summer Research Academy Abroad (SRA Abroad)

If you’re interested in combining your passion for science with exploration of a new culture, you should consider applying to the SRA Abroad. Even if you don’t speak another language, your prior research knowledge and the fact that most research groups conduct their work in English means that you could have an incredible experience for your professional development and growth as a scientist or engineer.

Students selected for the SRA Abroad will receive:

• A summer stipend ($4,000)
• Roundtrip international airfare
• Housing and food allowance

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

• Full-time status majoring in a STEM (i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field
• Sophomore or junior status. Students who will graduate prior to the summer experience abroad are not eligible to apply.
• Prior research experience (must include participation for at least one summer or one full academic year).
• U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

For more information and to apply, visit the UT System LSAMP web page at: http://lsamp.utep.edu or contact  Lynda Gonzales, SRA Abroad Program Coordinator, at lyndag@austin.utexas.edu or 512-232-8345.


Undergraduate Scholars

Scholar

Major

Mentor(s)

Jaclyn Bazaldua 

 

Biology and microbiology double major (Chemistry minor)

Dr. Vinay Abhyankar

Kathy Bernard

Chemistry

Dr. Dustin Patterson (UT Tyler) and Michael Leammhoffer (Tubingen University - Germany)

Guadalupe Diaz

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Dereje Agonafer

Elizabeth Stephenson

Mathematics

Dr. Hristo Kojouharov

 

Acacia S Young

Biology (Psychology minor)

Dr. Todd Castoe and PhD candidate, Daren Card


Student Testimonials

LSAMP has helped me learn new research and analyzation techniques. I was able to make numerous contacts for graduate school, and future research opportunities. I am still working on my research and plan on starting a new project shortly with Dr. Castoe. I plan to attend graduate school in Fall of 2018 [and study] Human Genetics and Genomics.

Acacia S Young
Major: Biology major (with Psychology minor)
Anticipated graduation date:  December 2017


Contact Information

For more information, e-mail UGresearch@uta.edu


Program Funding Information   

The UT System LSAMP program is funded by the National Science Foundation grant number HRD-1202008. Funding for the Bridge to the Doctorate projects is provided by NSF grant numbers HRD-0832951 (BD 2008-2010), HRD-0929727 (BD 2009-2011), HRD-1139929 (BD 2011-2013), and HRD-1301858 (BD 2013-2015).

LOUIS STOKES 

Congressman Louis Stokes

Born in Ohio in 1925, Congressman Louis Stokes played an important role in the quest for civil rights in the United States, first as an attorney and later as a member of the US Congress. He attended Cleveland’s public schools, Western Reserve University, and earned his Doctor of Laws Degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School in 1953. Stokes served as a personnel specialist in the US Army from 1943 to 1946, spending most of his tour witnessing the segregated South. As a lawyer, he challenged the Ohio legislature’s redistricting in 1965 that followed the Supreme Court’s “one man, one vote” decision. In 1967, Stokes made an oral argument before the US Supreme Court in Terry v. Ohio, the precedent-setting “stop and frisk” case that defined the legality of police search and seizure procedures. Persuaded to run for office in 1968, Louis Stokes became the first African-American US Congressman from Ohio, and went on to serve for fifteen consecutive terms. He used his successes to try to increase opportunities for millions of African Americans.

When Mr. Stokes retired, he became the first African American in the history of the U.S. Congress to retire having completed 30 years in office. Following his service in Congress, he became senior counsel at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., a global law firm, and senior visiting scholar at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. He has been appointed to serve as vice chairman of the PEW Environmental Health Commission at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and was appointed by former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health.

Through the years, Mr. Stokes has received numerous awards and honors that recognize his national leadership and strong commitment to public service. A number of landmarks around the city now bear his name. Several institutions, including Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the National Institutes of Health, have recognized Mr. Stokes by naming certain buildings on their campuses after him. He is the recipient of 26 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities across the nation.

For more information on the life and work of Congressman Louis Stokes, please see: