The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently renewed a five-year grant to help ensure the future of an alliance that is based at UConn and dedicated to expanding diversity in STEM fields.
Founded in 2001, the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NELSAMP) is made up of six New England schools working to increase the number of students from diverse backgrounds in STEM. UConn has served in the lead role for the alliance since 2016, which also includes Northeastern, Tufts, UMass Amherst, Rhode Island, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
“The purpose of the program is to increase underrepresented minoritized student representation in STEM, not just graduating with a degree, but preparing them for STEM careers and graduate school,” says Associate Vice Provost Tadarrayl Starke of the Institute of Student Success. “We connect students with resources, opportunities, and people who can help them develop their interest and passion in STEM. NELSAMP has focused on having students stay the course and provide them the access to people who will encourage them and give them visible examples of success in STEM fields.”
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