Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program

CNY LSAMP Alliance

Herkimer County Community College has partnered with several colleges and universities to form the Central New York LSAMP Alliance (CNYLA). The LSAMP initiative, funded by a National Science Foundation grant, supports historically underrepresented minority (URM) students in STEM.

The CNYLA partner schools are:

  • Herkimer College
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Utica College
  • SUNY Cortland

The seven CNYLA schools are working together to create pathways for URM students to more easily continue their education and succeed in the STEM field. The program is essentially building bridges for students to go from the associate to bachelor’s to master’s to doctorate degree level programs within the CNYLA.

Support Services and Enrichment Activities

LSAMP scholars will be supported with STEM career awareness and readiness programs, tutoring, scholarly seminars, and networking activities. Additionally, a select number of LSAMP scholars from Herkimer College will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer research internship program. Such programming will help prepare students for 21st century STEM careers through strong experiential learning and professional development activities.

To become an LSAMP Scholar, students must:

  • Be an underrepresented minority as described by the LSAMP program description (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be enrolled at a participating institution in an undergraduate major in a STEM discipline and/or an area within the LSAMP CIP Code

Eligible STEM Majors at Herkimer College:

  • Computer Science A.S.
  • Electrical Technology A.A.S.
  • Engineering Science A.S.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Science A.S.

Application Process

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2022. Please note the link below will take you to our Central NY LSAMP Interest Form. You will be given the option under Institution to select Herkimer County Community College. The application will ask you a series of questions and also to submit a short essay.

Essay Prompt: Please write and attach an essay of approximately 250 words describing your background and why you are passionate about studying in the science, technology, engineering, and math related fields. How does participating in the LSAMP Program fit into your academic plan?

LSMAP Application: https://airtable.com/shrSJu847jrbiuuXX

Who was Louis Stokes?

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 later 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.




Dr. Jennifer Adjodha-Evans, Assistant Professor, Biology
Co-PI and Campus Director CNY LSAMP Alliance
315-866-0300, ext. 8725