LSAMP Program

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): Adelante! increases diversity in the STEM workforce through transformative undergraduate STEM education.

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What is LSAMP?

The LSAMP initiative supports historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in STEM. This program is limited to a select and highly committed group of scholars with a declared major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the pre-health professions.


Deadline: Open until all seats filled

Once eligible students are accepted to UIW and commit to attending, they will receive an invitation to apply. To be eligible, students must:

  • Have a 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Be a STEM major
  • Complete the LSAMP Scholar application

LSAMP Scholar Application

Academic Opportunities

  • Special program orientation sessions
  • Special one-credit course during the first semester of studies
  • Six summer research positions available following scholars’ first year

Financial Opportunities

  • $750 per semester stipend during the first two years of study
  • During LSAMP summer research, free room and board as well as a $3,500 stipend (for applicable students only)

Fast Facts and Outcomes

  • All scholars receive a stipend during their first two years
  • Six scholars will have the opportunity to complete summer research after their first year
  • Scholars will build community and networks through special programs and mentorship opportunities at UIW and across San Antonio

Peer Mentors

Each LSAMP scholar will have a personal peer mentor, who will serve as:

  • An experienced guide and role model to help you navigate easily through your college experience
  • A trusted ally who provides advice, support, and information with your personal, academic, and social situations

LSAMP was named in honor of former congressman, Louis Stokes (February 23, 1925 – August 18, 2015), who spent his life serving and defending those in need. He was an attorney who specialized in civil rights cases, and was the first black congressman elected in the state of Ohio. He served 15 terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing the east side of Cleveland.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the LSAMP scholars program or would like to request any additional information, please contact Dr. Veronica G. Martinez Acosta at

Leadership Team Contacts

The LSAMP leadership team includes faculty and staff members of three partner institutions across San Antonio: St. Mary’s University, the University of the Incarnate Word, and Our Lady of the Lake University.

Melissa L. Karlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Director of the Office of Student Research and Inquiry
St. Mary’s University
(210) 436-3233

Veronica Acosta, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
University of the Incarnate Word
(210) 829-3149