ESU Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Support Underrepresented Students in STEM

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Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on February 14, 2024, No Comments

East Stroudsburg University is one of four universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to receive a $3,448,451 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase recruitment and graduation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM. The five-year grant, NSF’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program (LSAMP) is a joint effort of ESU, Millersville, Slippery Rocky, and West Chester.

The goal of the Keystone LSAMP program is to increase the number of students graduating with a STEM bachelor’s degree by 40 students per year across the four institutions. These areas of study include biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics.

The LSAMP program will provide stipends, travel support, and opportunities for student involvement.

With this grant, ESU will offer a $750 stipend during a student’s first year in the program. The program will also provide mentorship and research opportunities for students, and the grant will help cover $500 in laboratory equipment in support of their work and a stipend to cover a four-week summer research experience after they have successfully completed their first year as an ESU LSAMP scholar. The total direct funding for participants, including the summer research support, is $5,250 per student.

To learn more about becoming a STEM scholar at ESU visit or contact Dr. John Elwood and Dr. Jerry Ross, program coordinators, at