Welcome to the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP)
program. TLSAMP is a collaborative effort sustained by a coalition of ten colleges
and universities in the state of Tennessee to significantly increase the number of
underrepresented minority students statewide. Students must complete undergraduate
and mathematics (STEM) fields.
This will be accomplished through the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated
series of recruitment and retention initiatives that address key transition points
from undergraduate recruitment through preparation for graduate school.
The goal of the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP)
program is to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of underrepresented ethnic
minority students (Hispanic, African-American, American-Indian, Alaskan Native, and
Pacific Islander) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by at
least 100% at the end of the five-year period.
In order to participate in the TLSAMP, applicants must be admitted in full standing
to the Tennessee Tech 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
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.
Each year the TLSAMP Alliance hosts the TLSAMP Undergraduate Research Conference. The purpose of this conference
is to bring together students, faculty, staff, administrators, and professionals in
the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The conference
provides academic stimulation and disseminate information to TLSAMP at large. The
conference will feature an undergraduate/graduate networking reception, motivational
speakers, oral/poster presentations, breakout sessions, and much more. The conference
also provides an excellent atmosphere to encourage students’ pursuit of undergraduate
research and graduate school opportunities in STEM.
The Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP), supported
by the National Science Foundation, is a partnership of ten major institutions of
higher learning in the state of Tennessee. Each partner institution is responsible
for the development and implementation of strategies geared toward increasing undergraduate
retention and graduation rates of its science, technology, engineering and mathematics
In Phase I (2003-2008), TLSAMP started with six public and private institutions –
LeMoyne Owen College, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University,
the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Vanderbilt University
– and this partnership continued into Phase II (2009-2013). In Phase III (2014-2018),
TLSAMP expanded its outreach by adding four additional colleges and universities,
that is, Fisk University, Tennessee Technological University, Nashville State Community
College, and Southwest Tennessee Community College. The addition of the community
colleges helps the Alliance to strengthen its relationship with this sector and increase
its recruitment efforts by helping community college STEM students to transition into
the four-year institutions.
Below is a brief description of the TLSAMP partner institutions.
Fisk Universityis a private HBCU located in Nashville with a total enrollment of over 800 students.
FU is recognized nationally for its quality research and ability to produce young
scholars and leaders. FU also has a long-standing history of collaboration with Vanderbilt
University to confer PhD degrees in Physics to students from underrepresented groups.
LeMoyne-Owen College is the only HBCU located in the city of Memphis and Shelby County, TN. Shelby County
is the most populated county in Tennessee, with the largest minority population and
largest African American population in the state. LOC is the only four-year, private
HBCU in the country that houses an early middle college high school on its campus.
LOC, with a total enrollment of over 900 students, provides a transformative experience
educating students for urban-focused leadership, scholarship, service and professional
careers through its Transformative Plan Approach.
Middle Tennessee State Universityis a comprehensive regional public institution of higher education located in Murfreesboro,
TN. With over 22,000 students, MTSU is the number one producer of graduates for the
Greater Nashville economy.
Nashville State Community Collegeis a comprehensive community college with a total enrollment of over 9,000 students.
As a community college, NSCC has over 80 programs to prepare students for work or
transfer to the four-year institution.
Southwest Tennessee Community College is a comprehensive, open-access, culturally diverse, public, two-year college, with
a total enrollment of over 16,000 students in Memphis, TN. Minority enrollment (primary
African American/Black) is 63% of the student body. STCC is committed to meeting
the educational needs of individual students, communities, and employers through credit
and non-credit instruction.
Tennessee State Universityis located in Nashville, TN and has an enrollment of over 8,000 students. TSU offers
77 majors in eight undergraduate and graduate colleges and schools. TSU is the largest
of six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the state and is Nashville’s
only public university. TSU is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral/Research Extensive
University and serves as the lead institution for TLSAMP.
Tennessee Tech University produces practical, ready-to-work graduates from a broad range of academic disciplines
prepared to compete in a technologically driven world. Here, students have the freedom
to discover and pursue their passions, knowing there is a supportive community behind
them. Developing their passions into hundreds of student clubs and organizations,
Tech students make an impact on campus, in the community and around the world.
University of Memphisis a comprehensive urban university committed to scholarly accomplishments of the
students and faculty. It has approximately 20,000 students and been designated by
the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research-Extensive University.
University of Tennessee - Knoxvilleis a premier, research-extensive institution that possesses the Carnegie Classification
of "Research University.” UTK is the state’s flagship institution, with a total enrollment
of over 28,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of undergraduate, graduate,
and professional education, research, and public service throughout the state. UTK
ranks among the nation’s top public universities.
Vanderbilt Universityis a private, internationally recognized research university in Nashville, TN, with
strong partnerships among its 10 schools, neighboring institutions and the community.
VU enrolls about 7,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate and professional students.
VU is the largest private employer in Middle Tennessee and the second largest private
employer based in the state.
Louis Stokes (February 23, 1925 to August 18, 2015) was an attorney and politician
from Cleveland, Ohio. He served 15 terms in the United States House of Representatives
– representing the east side of Cleveland – and was the first black congressman elected
in the state of Ohio. He was one of the Cold War-era chairmen of the House Intelligence
Committee, headed the Congressional Black Caucus, and was the first black on the House
Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes played a pivotal role in the quest for civil rights,
equality, and social and economic justice throughout his tenure in the Unites States
Stokes was educated in the Cleveland Public Schools, graduating from Central High
School. Following three years of service in the United States Army, he returned to
Cleveland and attended Western Reserve University. He earned his Doctor of Laws degree
from Cleveland Marshal Law School in 1953.
Prior to serving in Congress, he practiced law for 14 years and was one of the founders
of the Stokes, Character, Terry, Perry, Whitehead, Young and Davidson law firm. As
a practicing lawyer, he participated in three cases in the United States Supreme Court
and argued the landmark “stop and frisk” case of Terry v. Ohio. On November 6, 1968,
he was elected to the United States Congress and became the first African American
member of Congress from the State of Ohio. He served 15 consecutive terms in the U.S.
House of Representatives, ranking eleventh overall in House seniority.
During his tenure in Congress, he shared several important committees, including most
notably, the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the Ethics Committee, the House
Intelligence Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, HUD and
independent agencies. He was the dean of the Ohio Congressional Delegation, a founding
member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and he served on the House Select Committee
to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran. His work in the area of health
led to his appointment as a member of the Pepper Commission on Comprehensive Health
Care, and he was the founder and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health
When Stokes retired, he became the first African American in the history of the U.S.
Congress to retire having completed 30 years in office. Following his service in Congress,
he became senior counsel at Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey LLP, a global law firm, and
Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied
Social Sciences. He has served as vice chairman of the PEW Environmental Health Commission
at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and was appointed by former Health and
Human Services Secretary, Donna E. Shalala, as chairman of the Advisory Committee
on Minority Health.
Through the years, he has received numerous awards and honors that recognize his national
leadership and strong commitment to public service. A number of landmarks around the
city of Cleveland now bear his name, including The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans
Administration Hospital, The Louis Stokes Annex of the Cleveland Public Library and
The Louis Stokes Health Sciences Center at Case Western Reserve University. Several
national institutions, including Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the National
Institutes of Health, have recognized Stokes by naming certain buildings on their
campuses after him. He is the recipient of 26 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges
and universities and on July 8, 2003 was honored by Congress with The Congressional
Distinguished Service Award.
Stokes and his wife Jay are the parents of Shelley, Angela, Louis and Lori. They also
are grandparents to Brett, Eric and Grant Hammond; Kelley and Kimberly Stokes; and
Alexandra and Nicolette Thompson.