According to a National Science Foundation report from 2014, Hispanic college students received only 12 percent of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees and African-American students less than 9 percent.
The Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) funds and encourages students of color to get involved in more STEM majors. LSAMP provides stipends and career development opportunities at six different colleges in Georgia.
The LSAMP program recently won a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue its work over the next five years. Director Angela Birkes-Grier joins us to discuss the program's next steps. Also on the show are two seniors from the University of Georgia in Athens to talk about their experience in the program.