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The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The Oklahoma - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (OK-LSAMP) is a statewide-alliance of Oklahoma colleges and universities led by Oklahoma State University. The alliance’s goal is to increase the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and continue their education at the post-graduate level. 

Want to check your eligibility & sign up for more information?

Complete this OU-OK-LSAMP survey!

Where can I apply to be part of LSAMP?

Aspiring LSAMP scholars can download the instructions for filling out the application here, and apply for the program on OSU’s website here:

Looking for LSAMP orientation materials?

You can check the orientation form here


Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the LSAMP program began in 1994 when Oklahoma institutions of higher education joined forces to significantly increase the recruitment, enrollment and retention of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. The LSAMP program is named after retired Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes, who is responsible for numerous minority focused programs through the NSF and the National Institute of Health (NIH). The Oklahoma program nurtures and assists students through their undergraduate programs while creating opportunities for students to pursue graduate degrees in their selected STEM disciplines.

Students in the OK-LSAMP program are required to maintain continued full-time enrollment in eligible STEM programs, participate and contribute to OK-LSAMP activities, attend scholar meetings, receive ethics in research training, and participate in research activities 5-10 hours a week under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Application to join the OK-LSAMP program is open at the OKSTATE website. Stipends are awarded at the end of each semester depending on program involvement.

Benefits to participation

  • Fellowships awarded each semester for financial support
  • Paid summer research internships
  • Research projects in state-of-the-art laboratories with faculty mentors
  • Peer mentoring
  • Opportunities to develop independent research projects, perform data collection, analyze data and conduct final analysis
  • Travel opportunities and some support to present research projects at state and national conferences
  • Opportunities to prepare for graduate school through GRE preparation modules and more

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Approximate GPA 3.00 (varies by year & discipline)
  2. US citizen or permanent resident
  3. Identify as African-American, Alaskan Native, Native American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic/Latinx
  4. Able to participate in and contribute to program activities
  5. Full time student in an approved STEM field (see approved majors below)
  6. Demonstrated intent in pursuing investigative studies and a graduate degree in STEM
  7. Demonstrated desire to promote the efforts of LSAMP and NSF in underrepresented communities

Requirements for Continued Support

  1. Regular class attendance
  2. Provide a current class schedule at the beginning of the semester
  3. Retain full-time status (Immediate notification of any drop/add changes required)
  4. Remain in eligible STEM major (Immediate notification of major change is required)
  5. Continued active participation in the required program activities.

Applying for Travel or Reimbursements

For an LSAMP Scholar conference travel award, follow the guidance found at Funding Awards for Student Travel (FAST). The limits for LSAMP conference travel are provided to scholars on request.

For reimbursement of personnally paid expenses such as GRE or graduate applications, complete the LSAMP Personal Reimbursement Form and send it (signed) with receipts to Dr. Walden.

Acknowledgement required for OU OK-LSAMP Scholars in all presentations, posters, and publications

The authors gratefully acknowledge the funding that supports {your name} from the National Science Foundation's Directorate of Human Resource Development's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program Grant No. HRD-1408748, provided through the University of Oklahoma Office of Undergraduate Research. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Approved Majors

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering: Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering: Individualized
  • Engineering: Undecided
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Sustainability - BS
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Information Studies
  • Mathematics - BS
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Paleontology
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Zoology

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Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 14:39