North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) seeks to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs.

The program also strives to raise the number of students interested in, academically qualified for, and matriculated into programs of graduate study. NC-LSAMP provides program activities designed to increase recruitment, retention and degree attainment among student populations historically underrepresented in STEM fields. North Carolina A&T State University serves as the lead institution of the Alliance and is comprised of eight (8) University of North Carolina System institutions:

NC-LSAMP Alliance Goals and Objectives

The NC-LSAMP project implements research-based best practices as well as innovative program initiatives to achieve the following goals:

  • Diversify the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce by implementing evidence-based strategies for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.
  • Facilitate the seamless transition of underrepresented minority (URM) STEM graduates into STEM graduate degree programs and the STEM workforce, and 
  • Broaden the STEM pathway through innovative, knowledge generating research.
The alliance objectives are to:
  • Empower URM students to develop and enhance research-related self-identity, self-efficacy, and science capital; such that NC-LSAMP SPRA will increase the retention and persistence of URM students by 10% in 5 years. 
  • Equip students to transition to advanced degree programs and/or careers in STEM by 10% over 5 years. 
  • Engage in innovative research in broadening participation in STEM by identifying factors impacting URM students’ social cognitions associated with STEM persistence and avoidance 
  • Broaden LSAMP’s impact through collaboratively sponsored activities and dissemination of findings and sharing of lessons learned. 


NC-LSAMP Annual Research Conference

Through presentations at the NC-LSAMP Annual Research Conference, students develop a deeper understanding of their research and essential presentation and critical reflection skills, laying a solid foundation for graduate thesis defense.

Student Development Workshops

Student development workshops expose participants to a variety of topics that enhance their undergraduate experience and broaden exposure to the STEM workforce. Workshops also provide opportunities to develop nonacademic skills which help facilitate success as STEM undergraduates and the transition to graduate school.

NC-LSAMP Administrative Staff

For additional information, please contact us at or 336-285-2650.

NCLSAMP SPRA Leadership Team 

Dr. Beryl McEwen, Provost and Principal Investigator
Dr. Catherine D. White, Associate Professor, Biology Co-PI
Dr. Alisia Taliaferro, Associate Dean, College of Education, Co-PI
Ms. Juanda Johnson-Taylor, Alliance Interim Director