Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation


Ill-Ali-4-Min-Part-LOGO-clear-120613Established in 1993, the Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP) is focused on the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ILSAMP represents the Illinois branch of the National Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. If consists of a consortium of fourteen (14) institutions and one federal laboratory. Of the 14 institutions there are eight (8) four year universities, one (1) senior institution, and five (5) community colleges. Chicago State University is the lead institution for ILSAMP.


Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP)
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive
William Science Center – 101A
Chicago, Illinois, 60628

Faculty Mentoring
Students are encouraged to pursue STEM disciplines through an   established program of faculty mentorship. Faculty support, advise and   aid students in research projects, academic pursuits and career   opportunities.
Research Experience
Students are able to participate in internal and external research   experiences to increase their experience and retention in STEM   disciplines. ILSAMP provides hands-on, working experiences to fully   immerse students in STEM projects.
Throughout the year, ILSAMP institutions provide workshops beyond   STEM. These workshops address various student needs including note   taking, test preparation as well as access to working mentors.
Career Exploration
ILSAMP institutions provide students with guidance in exploring STEM   careers. Academic mentors discuss career options and requirements with   students and provide information on internships and externships within   the STEM disciplines. Students are also encouraged to join professional   organizations as well as participate in on-campus and community groups   in STEM fields.
Media Centers
Media Centers at ILSAMP institutions provide a community atmosphere   for like-minded individuals pursuing STEM studies and careers. These   centers may house computers and other instructional software or   tutors/mentors to aid students in achieving success.
National Laboratory Involvement
ILSAMP participant teachers and students have been able to   participate in summer research opportunities at Argonne National   Laboratory. This provides faculty and students the chance to develop   relationships with a major science institution and understand the   application of science research in a working environment.
Student Organizations
Many ILSAMP institutions host student organizations to further   community involvement and sustain the STEM environment for students and   faculty. Student organizations enhance the STEM experience through   communication, research, cultural and social activities. These   organizations teach students the importance of the STEM community and   allow them to experience networking and develop professional   relationships to increase retention.
Annual Student Research Symposia
Each year ILSAMP students participate in a professional conference   where they have the opportunity to present their research through   panels, workshops and posters. This serves to reiterate the importance   of professional relationships in continuing in STEM professions and   provides the basis for an understanding of the STEM community as a   whole.
International Research Abroad Programs
ILSAMP institutions understand the importance of introducing STEM   students to a global society of scientists. In this vein, international   conferences and research are an important part of ILSAMP.
Teacher Education
The Science Teacher Assistance Center (STAC) was established to   assist pre-service, new, as well as established in-service teachers.   ILSAMP also serves to provide opportunities for STEM majors to gain   teaching experience. Through these initiatives, STEM majors have been   able to visualize a career as a teacher, as well, current teachers   benefit from creative ideas and supplemental support from the STEM   community. These initiatives not only serve college and post graduate   students, but also encourage the pursuit of STEM degrees among   elementary and high school students.
Bridge to Doctorate Program
ILSAMP actively supports STEM students as they pursue their   Doctorate degree. Through the development of cohorts, students are   tracked at one of the ILSAMP institutions and supported while they study   and research toward a Doctorate.