Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The Texas A&M System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TAMUS LSAMP) is a partnership consisting of Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and Prairie View A&M University committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students participating in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program designed to foster achievement in minority students seeking degrees in STEM.

The TAMU-CC LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program allows STEM undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct diverse, cutting-edge research with active and supportive faculty research mentors, all while engaging in research-related activities and earning stipends.

Who is Louis Stokes:

Louis Stokes was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 23, 1925. Stokes and his brother, Carl B. Stokes, lived in one of the first federally funded housing projects, the Outhwaite Homes. Mr. Stokes later served in the U.S. Army from 1943- 1946. After attending Western Reserve University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Stokes began practicing law in Cleveland in 1953. Stokes argued the seminal “stop and frisk” case of Terry v. Ohio before the United States Supreme Court in 1968. On November 6, 1968, Mr. Stokes was elected to the United States Congress and became the first African American member of Congress from the State of Ohio. He served fifteen consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his tenure in Congress, Mr.Stokes chaired several important committees, including most notably, the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the Ethics Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, HUD and Independent Agencies.  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. Through the years, Mr. Stokes has received numerous awards and honors that recognize his national leadership and strong commitment to public service.

Benefits to the LSAMP Student:

  • Engage in a meaningful research experience
  • Enhance communication and leadership skills
  • Paid research opportunity
  • Monetary support for research supplies
  • Gain hands-on experience with “cutting edge” research projects
  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Travel support to attend conferences, symposiums, REUS (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) and international experiences
  • Build a professional network through faculty sponsorship and lab groups
  • Belong to a community of Undergraduate Research scholars and fellows

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a full-time student at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi pursuing a degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields within the College of Science and Engineering
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Demonstrate intention to pursue graduate school
  • Have a strong interest in engaging in Faculty sponsored research
  • Be available to work >10 hours/week on a research project during the academic year

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