The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a federal program funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of LSAMP is to increase the quantity and quality of students successfully completing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs.


Founded in 2017, Southern Nevada Northern Arizona (SNNA) LSAMP is funded through an NSF LSAMP grant (HRD 1712523) and led by UNLV. In addition to UNLV, SNNA‐LSAMP includes three partner institutions: Northern Arizona University (NAU), the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), and Coconino Community College (CCC). SNNA‐LSAMP’s goal is to increase substantially the number of STEM baccalaureate degrees earned at colleges and universities in the region by students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) groups (specifically, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Native Pacific Islanders).

Louis Stokes

Louis Stokes (1925‐2015) served 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the first African American to represent Ohio in Congress and to win a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Son of a widow who cleaned homes for a living, Stokes and his brother grew up in public housing. After serving in a segregated army unit during World War II, Stokes attended college and law school and became a prominent attorney prior to running for office. As both a member of and leader in Congress, Stokes was a sponsor and supporter of many bills and resolutions intended to assist disadvantaged populations, including H.R. 5240—101st Congress: Summer Science Academy of 1990 and H.R. 775—102nd Congress: Summer Science Academy of 1991.


SNNA-LSAMP services include:

  • Near-peer mentoring that pairs juniors and seniors with STEM graduate students
  • Near-peer mentoring that pairs freshmen and sophomores with juniors and seniors
  • Transfer guidance and advice for freshmen and sophomores at CSN and CCC
  • Postbaccalaureate admissions counseling for UNLV and NAU juniors and seniors
  • Extracurricular STEM-enrichment activities for participants at CSN and CCC
  • Paid undergraduate research opportunities for UNLV and NAU juniors and seniors
  • STEM industry internships and job-shadowing opportunities for UNLV and NAU juniors and seniors


SNNA‐LSAMP recruits underrepresented minority (URM) students at UNLV, and serves these students so long as they are enrolled as undergraduates at the institution. All students selected to become SNNA‐LSAMP participants are, at their time of selection:

  • Freshman or sophomore URMs who are STEM majors with a strong need for academic support
  • Freshman or sophomore URMs who are non‐STEM majors and:
    • Have an interest in STEM and/or
    • Would likely be successful in STEM


All SNNA‐LSAMP services are free of charge to all students selected to become participants.

Application Instructions

We are no longer accepting applications for the LSAMP program at this time.