The University of Texas-System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) was recently approved for a $972,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be used for a Bridge to the Doctorate Program to be administered by The University of Texas-Pan American-LSAMP.
For the last 10 years, LSAMP has supported undergraduate research and lab assistants in the UTPA College of Science and Engineering. In the last two years LSAMP has extended its support to minorities and other historically under-represented students and provided them with the opportunity to pursue their post-graduate degree in science, engineering and mathematics.
"The new NSF grant will allow the UTPA-LSAMP to support LSAMP graduates to obtain their master's degrees at the same time that they prepare themselves to pursue a doctorate and thus bring additional prestige to our graduate and research programs", said Dr. Miguel Paredes, mathematics professor and UTPA-LSAMP program coordinator. "UTPA's master's programs will obtain recognition beyond our region."
Paredes said the program was created to help with a much-needed work force. He said the National Science Foundation "has been emphasizing the need to channel our efforts in increasing the number of graduates in doctorate programs, in particular those leading to the professorate".
The grant will be used to help 12 students from the University by providing tuition and fee expenses, and a $30,000 annual stipend while they pursue their post-graduate degrees. Through LSAMP, students will also be required to participate in additional activities such as workshops, seminars and conferences.
"The students will obtain a stipend that is competitive with a junior job in their fields," Paredes said. "They will have a strong academic support system provided by the LSAMP leadership and mentors."
In order to qualify, students must have a bachelor's degree in science, mathematics or engineering; a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average; have participated in the LSAMP during their undergraduate study; commit to a doctorate; and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
The program will begin fall 2004. Paredes said they will be accepting students until December to start participations in the spring.
LSAMP is a cooperative agreement funded by the NSF with groups of universities and colleges. UTPA joined the UT System LSAMP in 1993.
For more information about the program, contact Paredes at 956/381-3634 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org