- Recruit underrepresented students to pursue science, technology, engineering, or math as a career.
- Improve the quality of the learning environment for underrepresented STEM students at all schools.
- Ensure that a larger number of undergraduate students are prepared to enter graduate programs.
In order to participate in the TLSAMP, applicants must be admitted in full standing to the TTU Undergraduate program (especially the College of Engineering), a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, demonstrate appreciation for and commitment to diversity, and meet at least two of the following criteria:
- Belong to an underrepresented US racial/ethnic minority group (African-Americans, U.S. Hispanics/Latino Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islanders from U.S. territories and outlying areas).
- Be a resident of one of the educationally underserved/underrepresented areas (see list).
- Belong to a U.S. underrepresented/under-served gender in technology and engineering.
- Demonstrate character, motivation and ability to succeed in undergraduate studies based on academic record and a written essay.
List of educationally underserved/underrepresented counties are: Bledsoe, Campbell, Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Hamilton, Jackson, Macon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Rhea, Scott, Sequatchie, Smith, Trousdale, VanBuren, Warren, and White.