ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Virginia - North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation was out of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant, which is 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 following was provided by the National Science Foundation on the progress of the VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation:
The Virginia - North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation @ Virginia Tech (VT-AMP)
VT-AMP aims to increase the quality 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. One of the main goals is to increase the undergraduate research experiences for these STEM students. Our students are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research or intern during the school year or summer.
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 official start of fall classes. Transition week provides VT-AMP students with structured academic programming to facilitate the high school to college transition process. This week includes a variety of workshops including: Introduction to Research, the Seminar Series on Academic Success, and Getting to Know the Blacksburg community. 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 Scholars Upperclassman
After the first year transition program, VT-AMP scholars continue to engage in academic achievement, networking, enrichment, undergraduate research and career development activities. The program is open to students that did not originally participate in the Transition program. The goal remains the same to ensure that these students continue in their pursuits of their STEM majors and professional/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:
Bennet 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.