MOLSAMP is an alliance of nine institutions of higher education in Missouri who are collaborating to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minority students (URM) statewide who complete undergraduate and advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

We accomplish this goal through the implementation of a variety of activities as well as cohesive translatable strategies among the individual campuses to promote recruitment, retention and graduation of URM students.

Alliance Mission

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an NSF-funded program designed to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and increase the number of students studying STEM disciplines.

The objectives of the alliance are to:

  • Increase the total number of URM students graduating with STEM degrees by 125% over a 5 year period
  • Increase the first and second year retention rates of URM students in STEM disciplines to at least 60%
  • Increase the successful transfer of URM students from 2 to 4 year institutions by 25%
  • Increase the number of underrepresented students entering graduate programs in STEM fields by 25%

Who is Eligible?

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Students in good academic standing
  • NSF-designated underrepresented groups, which include low-income, first-generation college, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Native Pacific Islanders, and those with disabilities who are focusing on the following majors:
    • Architecture
    • Actuarial Science & Statistics
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering Technology
    • Mathematics

Benefits of Participating

MOLSAMP program participants gain access to:

  • Mentors
  • Internships
  • Undergraduate research programs
  • Academic year research stipends
  • A supportive STEM community