Find your school to:
- apply to become a scholar
- submit a travel application
- submit a reflection
- see your school's North Star STEM Alliance calendar
- contact your school's site coordinator
Explore STEM Majors
The Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA) is part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). LSAMP is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF grant #1712619) focused on doubling the number of African-American, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) within a five-year period.
Due to the nature of LS-NSSA belonging to a federal grant the parameters of STEM is clearly defined. NSF hosts a full list of the majors currently identified as fundable STEM majors. Please send an email to your institution's site coordinator if you are confused as to whether your major can be funded by LS-NSSA.
*For Twin Cities students: All students in CBS and CSE are considered to be majoring in STEM.
The Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance offers opportunities and programs aimed at helping students just like you to succeed academically by inviting you to be a member of the North Star STEM community.
Benefits of getting involved as a scholar:
- Mentoring from faculty and/or peers
- Internship opportunities
- Undergraduate research experience
- Collaborative Community Activities
- Industry connections
- Stipends based program participation
- Leadership opportunities
- Funded travel to regional or national STEM conferences
- Professional skills development
- Social networking
Ways to get involved:
The Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance provides a variety of ways to engage students. We support students through preparation for research workshops, connections to undergraduate research opportunities, travel to scientific conferences, leadership within the alliance and academic support.
- Fall Kick-Off
- Institution-specific gatherings
- 4-year college visits for transfer students
- Transfer-specific events and workshops
- Summer Opportunities Preview
- Pursuing the Highest Degree (Ph.D.) Workshop
- Jump Start Your STEM Job Search
- Winchell Symposium
- Women in STEM
- Summer research programs (Tiny Earth & MnDRIVE)
Target audience: African-American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American students with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency pursuing baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.