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The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) which is intended to double the number of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a five-year period.

In Minnesota, the LSAMP program is called the North Star STEM Alliance (NSSA), which is a partnership of fourteen Minnesota colleges and universities and three community organizations committed to supporting underrepresented minority students earning bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.


  • Develop strong connections to tutoring, mentoring and study group support
  • Engage students to professional opportunities and scientific professional societies
  • Connect faculty, students and professionals in STEM

On the Morris campus there are multiple ways we support our North Start students. We help provide access to academic support and prepare you for graduate school through research opportunities, workshops and travel to professional conferences along with alliance wide events such as the North Star STEM Alliance Research Symposium.

Learn more about the Alliance-wide initiative »