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Louis Stokes Alliance of Minority Participation Program (LSAMP)

SUNY ESF is a participating member of the Central New York LSAMP Alliance (CNLYA).

SUNY ESF has partnered with several local colleges and universities to form the Central New York LSAMP Alliance (CNYLA). This is a new grant for ESF which began in the Fall 2021. We currently have 2 cohorts of LSAMP scholars.

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What is LSAMP?

The Louis Stokes Alliance of Minority Participation Program (LSAMP) initiative supports historically underrepresented students in STEM.

With resource sharing, the seven CNYLA schools are committed to working together to amplify benefits to their URM students:

  1. Improved faculty-student relationships through mentoring

  2. Strengthened student-peer relationships

  3. Increased early opportunities for first- and second-year students to participate in research as a complement to faculty's already strong involvement of upper-division students in research

  4. Facilitated STEM transfer pathways from two-year to four-year institutions. Such programming will help prepare students for 21st century STEM careers through strong experiential learning and professional development activities

Overview of LSAMP Program

  • CNYLA activities will center around a summer program for students that begins the summer before their first year with opportunities to engage throughout all four years. Students will be provided financial support to participate in the summers. Each summer consists of three components:
    1. A summer bridge at each individual member institution prior to fall semester that provides orientation to the alliance institutions, academic and research skills-building workshops, networking opportunities, and information on four-year schools and programs for community college students.

    2. An early undergraduate research experience offered alliance-wide or an off-campus internship opportunity. Stipends and room and board will allow students to participate over the summer in these valuable experiential learning opportunities, and students can participate at a different alliance campus other than their home institution.

    3. An alliance-wide summer symposium where students will present research and network with students and faculty from other alliance schools.

  • Integrated within the summer program and persisting through the academic year will be

    1. Faculty mentoring, supported by faculty professional development

    2. Peer mentoring

    3. Cross-campus co-advising for transfer students