For more than two decades, Alabama A&M University has diligently worked to help the National Science Foundation increase the number of minority students
entering STEM-related disciplines and professions. A program that stands out as a shining example of the partnership is the Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ALSAMP) program.
The ALSAMP program is among the oldest of the NSF’s nationwide alliances, and it pulls together 12 dynamic institutions of higher education from throughout the state. Deemed one of the most effective diversity programs in the United States, inclusive of similar LSAMP alliances, more than 500,000 students have earned STEM-related undergraduate degrees owing to the program’s assistance.
That record make the AAMU LSAMP program site coordinator proud. “Alabama A&M University can truly boast about its role in the development of scientists, researchers and other STEM professionals,” commented Dr. Jeanette Jones, professor of biology. “They help to fill what would have been an undeniable void in minority participation throughout the field of science.”
AAMU lists seven among its 2013-14 ALSAMP transition scholars, funding each for the amount of $6,000 per year. The roster includes: Kwaishawn Albritton, mechanical engineering; Destinee Daniel, computer science; Delietric King, chemistry; Peyton McDonald, chemistry; BriOnna Robinson, electrical and mechanical engineering; Gabrielle Shipp, biology; and DiQune Taylor, civil engineering.
For more information about the LSAMP program at AAMU, contact Dr. Jeanette Jones at (256) 372-4924.
- Jerome Saintjones