Media Advisory: Nsf-Affiliated Director to Speak with State Higher Education Institutions Tuesday


The Louis Stokes Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation, or CO-AMP, a consortium of 14 four-year higher education institutions and community colleges in Colorado, will meet Tuesday with Art James Hicks, director of the national Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program within the National Science Foundation.

CO-AMP, based at Colorado State University, is a statewide program designed to increase the number of students, especially minority students, studying college science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Cherokee Park Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. Among those scheduled to speak are Peter Dorhout, CSU vice provost for Graduate Affairs; Omni El-Hakim, director of CO-AMP; Sen. Bob Bacon; and Rep. Randy Fischer.


CO-AMP is one of 34 similar programs around the country funded by the National Science Foundation. Colorado CO-AMP began in 1996 with a $5 million, five-year grant from the NSF and matching funds from participating institutions.

CO-AMP reaches out to K-12 students to provide enrichment activities in science, math and engineering. During the undergraduate years, CO-AMP supports students through professional development, research opportunities and internships in private industry. The project then recruits students to continue their studies at the graduate level.