Chicago State University

Welcome to the Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP)

The Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP) is one of a number of consortia of colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico with the goal of significantly increasing the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented populations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Illinois LSAMP consists of nine universities and four regional community colleges. Together this group participates in a collaborative effort to provide programs that improve the quality of STEM education for students. The Illinois LSAMP has a “Bridge to the Doctorate” activity at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
The ILSAMP program focuses on broadening participation by increasing the number of underrepresented students who:
  1. choose and persist in the STEM academic disciplines,
  2. attend graduate school and pursue a graduate degree in STEM, and
  3. are prepared for a professional career in the STEM disciplines.
ILSAMP activities enhance the growth of the STEM community and promote linkages and partnerships in undergraduate STEM education throughout the state of Illinois to respond to the National Science Foundation's efforts to cultivate a world class, broadly inclusive and diverse science and engineering workforce, and expand general scientific literacy. In order to accomplish these objectives, the Alliance utilizes sustained and comprehensive strategies that include:
  1. precollege and community college bridge programs to ease the transition and better prepare freshmen and transfer students;
  2. faculty mentors to help retain students in STEM disciplines;
  3. supplemental instruction to strengthen students ability to succeed in STEM courses;
  4. offering academic year and summer undergraduate research to prepare, motivate, and develop students for graduate school;
  5. curriculum revision; and
  6. internships.
ILSAMP is comprised of a diverse group of public and private universities and community colleges in urban and rural settings throughout the state of Illinois and one Federal Laboratory. The strategic location of the partner institutions throughout the state of Illinois enables the Alliance to reach a large and diverse student population and provides access to graduate and research opportunities for undergraduate minority students.