Gardent State LSAMP Gets $3.5 Million Grant to Boost Minority Representation in STEM Fields

Rutgers University–Newark has received a $3.5 million grant to continue its efforts in leading a statewide program to increase minority representation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will fund the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Phase II (GS-LSAMP II) from July 2014 through June 2019. GS-LSAMP II will expand upon the success of its precursor, GS-LSAMP, which exceeded its goal of doubling the number of minority students who earn their bachelor’s degrees in STEM. Approximately 2,000 students have completed the program since its inception in 2009.

The program is led by NCAS’ Alexander Gates, who is Executor Director for GS-LSAMP and a professor in the Earth & Environmental Sciences department. The initiative, in which Rutgers-Newark participates along with a consortium of other New Jersey schools, is well-represented by NCAS students. For many, GS-LSAMP has been life-changing experience.



* Read the original article here.

* Read our article on NCAS alumni participation in the fourth-annual GS-LSAMP Conference last year.