Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is part of a national effort to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who successfully complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Funding for the LSAMP program is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Drexel University is one of nine institutions that comprise the consortium called the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. This consortium represents a diverse partnership of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), both public and private two- and four-year research and non-research institutions.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at Drexel University partners with student groups, community-based organizations as well as University stakeholders to:

  • Promote academic excellence for LSAMP undergraduates
  • Identify professional development opportunities including but not limited to seminars, conferences, internships, cooperative employment experiences, research, or civic engagement
  • Link students to scholarship and other funding opportunities
  • Encourage students to pursue advanced degrees
  • Connect LSAMP undergraduates with pre-college populations in the greater Philadelphia-area to heighten awareness of opportunities in STEM disciplines


Membership in Drexel University’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is open to:

  • Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of African American, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, and Latinx ethnicity majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics

In order to receive priority access to Drexel-LSAMP services, members must:

  • Meet with the Director at least two times per term to review academic and developmental progress
  • Attend at least two enrichment events per term


Undergraduate students who are enrolled in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics major are eligible to participate in a variety of activities designed to facilitate the transition to and successful completion of the baccalaureate degree. These activities include but are not limited to academic and financial counseling, learning and study skills workshops, professional development seminars and conferences as well as social and cultural events throughout the year.

For additional details on any of the information provided above, please contact Marisol Rodriguez Mergenthal, Drexel's LSAMP Director.

Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) Fellowship

In addition to the LSAMP program, Drexel has proudly hosted four cohorts of the Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) Graduate Fellowship program. The BTD Fellowship program, also funded by the National Science Foundation, provides support for graduate students from underrepresented populations who are pursuing doctoral degrees in STEM disciplines.

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