History of LSAMP

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What does L-S-A-M-P stand for? The LS in LSAMP stands for Louis Stokes the first African American Congressman for the state of Ohio. The AMP in LSAMP stands for Alliance for Minority Participation.

In 1991, the United States Congress authorized and established the Alliance for Minority Participation, an initiative designed to substantially increase the quality and quantity of students from historically underrepresented groups who successfully complete baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), as well as complete higher level STEM degrees and/or achieve employment within a STEM field.

In 1999, this indicative was renamed the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in honor of former Congressman Louis Stokes. Louis Stokes was the first African American Congressman for the state of Ohio, and he championed efforts to improve education for minority STEM professionals