The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, first established in 1991 was originally named the Alliances for Minority Participation (AMP). In 1999 the program was renamed to honor former Congressman Louis Stokes, an Ohio native who served 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Stokes was a champion of congressional efforts to improve the education of minority health professionals, scientists, and engineers. Today the National Science Foundation LSAMP model continues to foster underrepresented students in their desire to pursue STEM disciplines and professions.
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STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In academia, these disciplines suffer a lack of talented influx. STEM education plays an important role in the development of critical thinking skills, the production of innovative ideas, and dynamic scientific industriousness. The vitality of STEM education is directly proportional to the nation's growth and competitiveness. Synopsis of STEM.
2 Reasons for the Importance of STEM Education and LSAMP Initiatives
(1) Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, also called the Augustine Report, first published in 2005 by the National Academies of Science. This congressionally requested report provides a critical analysis of the need for national systemic change towards the educational provisions of science and mathematics. The 2010 follow-up to the original report forecasts an ominous outlook in national strength and competitiveness,--unless more broad based gains are made in STEM education. To read the 2010 follow-up report, visit the National Academies Press website.
(2) Revitalizing the Nation's Talent Pool in STEM commissioned in 2000 at the
request of the National Science Foundation. The Urban Institute was charged to evaluate
the LSAMP program and it's impact upon participating students. The multi-year report
assessment and findings were published in 2005. To read the report evaluation, conclusions
and recommendations visit the Urban Institute website.