ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Virginia - North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation is a member of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant, a national project funded by the National Science Foundation. The program is designed to increase the graduation rates of underrepresented students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The Alliance includes institutions from both Virginia and North Carolina. The National Science Foundation's report on the progress of the VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation indicates that:
The Virginia - North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation @ Virginia Tech (VT-AMP)
VT-AMP aims to increase the academic success and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and to increase the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculating into programs of graduate study. A primary goal of the program is to increase the number of students who are engaged in undergraduate STEM research experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research or internships throughout their undergraduate career. VT-AMP program components are highlighted below.
VT-AMP College Transition Program
Selected first-year students in STEM majors are invited to participate in VT-AMP, beginning with the AMP College Transition week prior to the start of fall classes. Transition week provides VT-AMP students with structured academic programming to facilitate the high school to college transition process. A variety of workshops, including Introduction to Research, the Seminar Series on Academic Success, and Getting to Know the Blacksburg community, are presented during College Transition Week. First year VT-AMP Scholars will receive a $300 stipend for participating in VT-AMP programs. In addition, students are required to participate in structured academic support and research activities throughout the academic year.
VT-AMP Upperclass Scholars
After the first year transition program, VT-AMP scholars continue to engage in academic achievement, networking, enrichment, undergraduate research and career development activities. This component is also available for students who did not participate in the Transition program. The goal remains the same -to ensure that students continue to make progress toward earning a STEM degree and their subsequent professional and career goals. Funding is provided to students to attend and participate in undergraduate research conferences as well as their own formal presentations.
VT-AMP Faculty Research Mentors
Faculty interested in serving as an undergraduate research mentor to VT-AMP scholars may contact the MAOP Office for more information.
VT-AMP Student Opportunities
New Students to Virginia Tech may apply to be a part of the VT-AMP Program. Students that meeting that following criteria are encouraged to apply for consideration:
Returning Students (i.e. Upperclass) students at Virginia Tech may apply to be a part of the VT-AMP Program. Students that meeting that following criteria are encouraged to apply for consideration:
Bennett College (NC)
Virginia Tech (VA)
MAOP is currently accepting applications for VT-AMP for 2013-2014. We encourage incoming undergraduates to apply to participate in our program. The application will be due June 17, 2013. The application can be found here.
This features the first two cohorts of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance Summer Research Program, through footage, photos, and interviews with undergraduate students, faculty and staff. Several Virginia Tech Alliance students that did summer research at the University of Virginia are featured.