The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $3 million over five years to an alliance of upstate New York colleges and universities to enroll and graduate more minority students from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree programs. In response to pressing local needs and national goals, the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) was formed to attract and maximize the potential of students from African-American, Latino American, and Native American (AALANA) populations. The ULSAMP program will achieve its goals through a two-pronged approach — implemented across the alliance — that includes enhancing recruitment of both first-time freshmen and transfer students, and by providing new opportunities to enhance the graduation rate of the targeted populations. Member institutions include Clarkson University, Cornell University, Monroe Community College, Onondaga Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University.

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