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Volume 70, Issue 29, Friday, October 1, 2004


Efforts of H-LSAMP rewarded

NSF donates $5M to top-rated minority education program

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The National Science Foundation has given $5 million to a UH-led program that prepares minority students to earn degrees in science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

The Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is one of the most successful LSAMP programs in the nation, an NSF external evaluator said. LSAMP is one of a sequence of four NSF programs that establish partnerships and provide resources at schools with significant enrollments of minority students who are underrepresented in math and science professions.

Among H-LSAMP's goals since its 1999 founding are doubling the number of minority students who graduate with math and science degrees in five years and increasing the number of minority doctoral graduates and professors.

"(H-LSAMP) is on target with its goal ... Very few programs come close to reaching this vision, and it is among the strongest out of all the LSAMP programs," said Martin V. Bonsangue, a math professor at California State University, Fullerton and an external evaluator for the NSF.

During the second phase of H-LSAMP, which the new $5 million grant will help fund, the program's directors have been charged with serving as a national model and resource for other academic institutions.

UH's partners in H-LSAMP are UH-Downtown, UH-Victoria, Rice University, Texas Southern University, Texas State University, the Houston Community College System and the San Jacinto College District.

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