News | June 2017
The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) has been awarded a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Totaling $4.6 million over five years, the grant will fund a project entitled Southern Nevada Northern Arizona LSAMP (SNNA-LSAMP), an alliance of higher education institutions that includes two research universities (UNLV and Northern Arizona University) and two community colleges (College of Southern Nevada and Coconino Community College) located in the lower Colorado River basin. While UNLV has been a partner in previous LSAMP grants, SNNA-LSAMP represents the first time that UNLV will serve as an LSAMP grant's fiscal agent and lead institution.
SNNA-LSAMP's goal is to increase substantially the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students who earn science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM) baccalaureate degrees at UNLV and NAU. To accomplish this goal, SNNA-LSAMP will implement a variety of services and activities (e.g., intensive near-peer mentoring, undergraduate research opportunities, STEM industry internships, priority registration for enrollment in STEM courses, priority access to all academic support services, assistance transferring from SNNA-LSAMP's community colleges to its universities, and assistance applying to graduate school) that increase the persistence, graduation, and post-baccalaureate-enrollment rates of URM undergraduates majoring in STEM disciplines. The number of students served by SNNA-LSAMP will increase throughout the life of the grant, starting with more than 500 students in 2017-18 and peaking at almost 950 in 2021-22.
Dr. Diane Chase (UNLV's provost) is the grant's PI, and Mr. Keith Rogers (deputy executive director of UNLV's Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO), the institutional unit that led the development of the proposal) is the co-PI. SNNA-LSAMP's UNLV operations will be housed within CAEO.