Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

Here is how we diversify the STEM workforce.

LSAMP students outside Davis Hall.

The State University of New York (SUNY) LSAMP program seeks to diversify the STEM workforce by significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

Particular emphasis is placed in support of groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders.

If you are interested in the program, please complete an application.

Eligible STEM Majors

SUNY LSAMP at UB provides both support and enrichment activities for its students who are majoring in or intend to major in the following STEM disciplines: 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Studies/Science
  • Geological Sciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Physics/Mathematical Physics
  • Statistics/Biostatistics

The LSAMP program is not funded to support students declaring majors in pre-medicine, pharmacy, nursing, or allied health sciences.

See the NSF Crosswalk for a complete list of eligible STEM majors.

Support Services and Enrichment Activities

  • Need tutoring? LSAMP can assist you with placements in Engineering Small Groups and make tutorial referrals and recommendations to a vast network of services on campus. Learn more about tutoring services.
  • Paid research and/or industrial internship opportunities are provided during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Students can apply for the UB LSAMP Summer Research Internship Program that provides a paid, 10-week intensive research experience with UB faculty.
  • UB LSAMP students are offered the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences to assist in their career development and preparation for graduate school.

Eligible Students

  • Full-time undergraduates majoring in a STEM discipline at UB
  • GPA 2.8 or better (students below 2.8 have one year to improve their grades to 2.8)
  • Demonstrate an interest in research in a STEM discipline
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • LSAMP supports broadening participation from groups that have been historically underrepresented (African American, Latino/a, American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, etc.) in STEM disciplines
  • Must be active LSAMP student to be eligible for paid internships

Summer Research Internship Program

The SUNY LSAMP summer program is a 10-week intensive National Science Foundation (NSF) summer research experience for undergraduates who have completed a minimum of 30 credits, have a GPA of 2.8 or greater and have demonstrated serious research interest in a STEM discipline.

History of LSAMP at UB

The LSAMP program at the University at Buffalo is part of SUNY LSAMP, a statewide alliance of the four university centers and smaller colleges within the geographical area of each university center. The SUNY LSAMP program was first funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1996 and has enjoyed continued support from NSF and each university partner.

Who was Louis Stokes?

Louis Stokes.

LSAMP was named in honor of former congressman, Louis Stokes, (February 23, 1925 – August 18, 2015) who spent his life serving and defending those in need. He was an attorney who specialized in civil rights cases and later, the first black congressman elected in the state of Ohio. He served 15 terms in the United States House of Representatives – representing the east side of Cleveland.