The GS-LSAMP (Garden State-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) program is a non-medical science program initiated by the National Science Foundation and designed to greatly increase the number of professionals in STEM fields from minority groups who are traditionally underrepresented. The program provides support services at many levels to help interested students be successful in STEM majors. STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are exciting, challenging and lead to rewarding and stable careers. Most of the problems our world faces are being addressed by professionals in STEM areas. Whether it is to address global warming, energy production, food production, finding cures to disease, information technology or space travel, it will require a vast supply of STEM professionals for success. The problem there is a severe shortage of people with this kind of training in the United States. For that reason, the U.S. is falling behind many countries in our ability to compete. In the long run, this will have dire consequences for our country.
To address this need, the LSAMP program was initiated by the National Science Foundation. The program was designed to greatly increase the number of professionals in STEM fields from minority groups who are traditionally underrepresented. The idea is to provide support services at many levels to help interested students be successful in STEM majors. The program now has 41 LSAMP alliances and is considered one of the most successful of its kind. The Garden State LSAMP will continue this tradition.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
The NSF funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
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Louis Stokes was a congressman, attorney, educator, and United States citizen. Louis Stokes played a pivotal role in the quest for civil rights, equality, and social and economic justice throughout his tenure in the Unites States Congress.
Louis Stokes has received numerous awards and honors that recognize his national leadership and strong commitment to public service. A number of landmarks around the city of Cleveland bear his name. These include the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Hospital, the Louis Stokes Annex of the Cleveland Public Library, and the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Center at Case Western Reserve University. Several national institutions, including Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the National Institutes of Health, have recognized Louis Stokes by naming buildings on their campuses after him. Stokes is the recipient of 26 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities and, on July 8, 2003, was honored by Congress with the Congressional Distinguished Service Award.
The awards and recognition Louis Stokes has received all reflect upon the role he has played ensuring that equality is observed amongst all groups of people. This includes his contribution in numerous minority focused programs through the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 1991, LSAMP was named after the honorable Louis Stokes.