UNLV Awarded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Grant

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.