Application Period for Research Scholarship Opens Nov. 1

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 31, 2012)

Tarrant County College students may begin applying Nov. 1 for scholarships that will allow them to conduct research as undergraduate students.

TCC has partnered with The University of Texas System and its National Science Foundation (NSF) grant award for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program. The total award is $4 million for a five-year period. UT-Arlington will serve as the university partner in north central Texas.

“We welcome the LSAMP Program as another tool for Tarrant County College to engage our students and keep them motivated to complete their educational goals,” said David Wells, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and TCC’s LSAMP project coordinator. “The opportunity to get involved in research this early in their academic careers should encourage students in this high-risk group to remain focused through what can be a challenging pursuit.”

As one of the community college partners, TCC is slated to receive $24,484 per year for five years, for a total of $122,420, to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, especially through mentored summer research experiences for selected TCC undergraduates in the sciences. This program will expand TCC’s longstanding collaboration with UT-Arlington in STEM fields, especially through National Science Foundation partnerships in Chemistry, Physics and the Geosciences.

Under-represented minority students and military veterans are especially encouraged to apply for the Summer Research Academy.

Each summer, three eligible TCC students will be chosen for summer research opportunities.  Each student selected will receive a $3,000 summer stipend, plus possible additional living and research expenses for assignments outside this area. Additionally, TCC students will participate in the UT System Alliance LSAMP Annual Conference, which will be hosted by TCC once during the grant period.

Interested students should apply online. Applications are available by searching LSAMP on The University of Texas-El Paso website at through Feb. 15, 2013.

TCC students may direct their questions about the program to Northeast Campus Vice President Gary Smith at or by calling 817-515-6686.

Students selected for the program will be notified in April and May 2013, in time for summer research activities.

LSAMP is named for attorney and retired U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes, who played a pivotal role in the quest for civil rights, equality and social and economic justice. Stokes, who served 30 years in Congress, was the first African-American member of Congress from the state of Ohio.

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