Our Motto


Scientists are best developed by other scientists serving as mentors who exhibit and expect scholarly excellence.


The California Alliance for Minority Participation is designed for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] fields pursuing graduate (Master/Doctoral) degrees.

CAMP-UCR was established at the University of California, Riverside in 1994 and is funded by the National Science Foundation [NSF] and the University of California Office of the President [UCOP].

CAMP-UCR is a program that works to encourage NSF-declared underrepresented students in the STEM fields to successfully complete undergraduate science degrees and further pursue their studies at the graduate and professional level. The National Science Foundation considers an underrepresented minority in STEM as students with Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Non-Filipino-Pacific Islander ethnic backgrounds reported at UCR at the time of admission.

CAMP exists at nine of the UC campuses and at various California State Universities, California Community Colleges, independent colleges and universities, and national laboratories that together work to achieve a goal of doubling the numbers of minority students receiving a B.S. or a B.A. degree in the many scientific disciplines.


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NSF Vision & Mission

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is an alliance-based program.  The program's theory is based on the Tinto model for student retention referenced in the 2005 LSAMP program evaluation. The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. LSAMP's efforts to increase diversity in STEM are aligned with the goals of the Federal Government's five-year strategic plan for STEM education, Charting a Course for Success:  America’s Strategy for STEM Education.


In 1991, the United States Congress authorized and established the Alliances for Minority Participation, an initiative designed to substantially increase the quality and quantity of students from historically underrepresented groups who successfully complete baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and continue on to earn advanced degrees in STEM disciplines. Eight years later, the initiative was renamed the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation in honor of Louis Stokes, the first African American elected to Congress in the State of Ohio. 

Louis Stokes
Louis Stokes
The life of Louis Stokes was one of incredible inspiration. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925 and raised by his widowed mother and grandmother in the local housing projects. Despite economic hardships, he excelled in his studies in the Cleveland Public School system and graduated from high school in 1943. After serving in the United States Army, he completed his bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland College of Western Reserve University and then received his law degree from the Cleveland Marshal College of Law School in 1953. Mr. Stokes’ law practice focused on upholding civil rights, often representing underprivileged clients and activists pro bono. In 1968, he was elected to Congress as a Democrat and served 15 consecutive terms, retiring from his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998. Throughout his career as a congressman, Mr. Stokes was a champion of civil rights, social and economic justice, and equality for all. Louis Stokes passed away in 2015, leaving a great legacy and improving the lives of countless individuals.
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