What is the WBHR-LSAMP (AMP Program)?
In 1994, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program. The NSF (www.nsf.gov) is a 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…"
With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, NSF funds approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.
In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of NSF recognized the importance of increasing the numbers of minority graduates in the fields of Science (biological and physical), Technology (computer science), Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Accordingly, NSF provided funding, in the form of grants, to Alliances of colleges and universities across the United States. Howard University is the lead school in the Washington Baltimore Hampton Roads (WBHR) Alliance. The partner institutions in the WBHR-LSAMP alliance are: Bowie State University, the University of the District of Columbia, Morgan State University, Hampton University, Norfolk State University and Virginia State University.
The WBHR-LSAMP focuses on increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who are involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research during the academic year and during the summer. AMP students are provided opportunities to participate in research on their own campus, at the campuses of neighboring institutions, at government research laboratories, and at various industrial research facilities.
What does the WBHR-LSAMP mean for you
as an undergraduate STEM major?
Participation in the WBHR-LSAMP program provides you with a stipend as you conduct research with a mentor. You will receive training in research methodology while gaining on-the-job experience during the academic year. As an AMP student, you will be required to participate in seminars and conferences and to present posters and oral presentations on the research with which they are involved at local symposiums and/or at national meetings across the United States. In special cases students have traveled internationally. AMP students must participate in summer internships at national laboratories, university laboratories, commercial laboratories and/or government laboratories. You will become acquainted with the current research in the United States and around the world. Also, you will acquire AMP experience that is necessary to qualify for the Bridge to the Doctorate program, a program that provides stipend and tuition support for students intent on obtaining a Ph.D. in the STEM area.
||Undergraduate research has now become a more common experience than before the establishment of the AMP program at the WBHR alliance institutions. Typically, undergraduate students at all the WBHR LSAMP institutions are involved in research during the academic year and during the summer. Further, students at these institutions have opportunities to participate in research on their own campus, at the campuses of neighboring institutions, at government research laboratories, and at various industrial research facilities.
Research as an enhancement and enrichment experience has caused numerous curricula changes at alliance institutions. There has even been discussion on requiring research as a criterion for graduation via mechanisms such as senior projects in certain courses or senior research as a separate course offering. The aforementioned are clear indications that one of the goals of AMP, to institutionalize undergraduate research at minority and minority-serving institutions, can become a reality in the very near future.
What qualifications do you need at Howard University?
Requirements for participating in the AMP program at Howard University:
- Student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Student must provide proof of citizenship at the time of application. Student is required to submit a copy of birth certificate or US passport or permanent resident card.
- Student must be an undergraduate at Howard University, at least a first semester sophomore, with a major in one of the STEM disciplines
- Student must obtain and provide a positive recommendation from a STEM faculty member.
- Student must obtain and provide a recommendation from the faculty mentor who will advise the student on research.
- Students will be interviewed by the AMP coordinator and/or the AMP Executive Director.
Students will be assessed based on application receipt dates with the GPA, quality of recommendations and interview results taken into consideration.
How do I become a part of the program?
Students may call 202-865-8568 for information on the AMP program.