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The goal of the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) program is to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of underrepresented students (Hispanic, African-American, American-Indian, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including agricultural sciences and natural resources.  The objectives to support the goal of the alliance are to:
  • Recruit underrepresented students to pursue careers within the STEM industry (including agriculture sciences and natural resources)
  • Improve the quality of the learning environment for underrepresented science
  • Ensure that undergraduate students are prepared to enter graduate programs

The TLSAMP Program places a special emphasis on professional development. Through monthly workshops, programs and conferences, TLSAMP participants obtain insightful information on a wide-range of topics, including:

  • Internships
  • Career Fair Preparation
  • Research Experiences
  • Personal Statements
  • Interviewing Skills Preparation
  • Graduate School Application Preparation
  • General Records Exam (GRE) Preparation Class (Free)

In addition, students receive several opportunities to present their own research at local and regional conferences, including the annual Fall Undergraduate Research Conference (held at UT) and the annual Spring TLSAMP Undergraduate Research Conference (held at partner institutions throughout Tennessee).

  
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
  
This program’s focus is to provide monthly seminars for freshman and sophomore students.  The TLSAMP monthly seminars will enrich UT students on subjects of professionalism, student development, and career information.

Stipend Eligibility

  • Each participant must participate in 4 TLSAMP activities
  • Each participant must have a Fall UT Semester GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Each participant must be classified as a freshmen or sophomore by university credit hours
  • Each participant’s enrollment must be applicable  (>59.9%) towards their STEM major
  • Each participant must be a US citizen and a member of the following underrepresented minority group: African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander
  • Each participant must be an undergraduate major in one of the following CASNR majors - Animal Science, Biosystems Engineering, Environmental and Soil Science, Food Science and Technology, Forestry, Plant Sciences and Wildlife and Fisheries (Detailed Approved Majors: https://www.lsamp.org/help/help_stem_cip_2010.cfm)
  • Note - the following CASNR majors do not qualify for a TLSAMP stipend, but we still recommend that all students participate in the monthly workshops and professional development programs - Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, Food and Agricultural Business and Natural Resource and Environmental Economic

The UT TLSAMP stipends will be awarded on semester basis and computed on the UT Semester GPA. Fall stipends will be awarded at the beginning of the following Spring semester.  Spring stipends will be awarded at the beginning of the following Fall semester.  All the stipend awards will be credited to the individual’s UT account. No stipends are awarded over the summer. TLSAMP stipend award amounts are as follows:

Academic Scholar

  • Semester GPA of 3.75-4.0 = $300.00
  • Semester GPA of 3.25-3.74 = $200.00
  • Semester GPA of 3.00-3.24 = $100.00

Research Scholar = $200 + your academic stipend

  • Must be an Academic Scholar
  • Participate in research AND present a poster at Regional/National Conference by November 30th. 
 
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GRADUATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 
 

This program’s focus is to encourage students to participate in research experiences, provide GRE preparation, and to increase interest in and knowledge of graduate school.  Opportunities available are:

  • GRE Preparation Course (offered each Fall semester)
  • TLSAMP Undergraduate Research Conference
  • Graduate School Retreats
  • Undergraduate Research opportunities

Stipend Eligibility

  • Must participate in within 7 out of 10 GRE Prep Courses and successfully complete program by taking take GRE online practice test and the GRE exam. Scholars must and submit scores to the office.
  • Each participant must have a Fall UT Semester GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Each participant must be classified as a freshmen or sophomore by university credit hours
  • Each participant’s enrollment must be applicable  (>59.9%) towards their STEM major
  • Each participant must be a US citizen and a member of the following underrepresented minority group: African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander
  • Each participant must be an undergraduate major in one of the following CASNR majors - Animal Science, Biosystems Engineering, Environmental and Soil Science, Food Science and Technology, Forestry, Plant Sciences and Wildlife and Fisheries (Detailed Approved Majors: https://www.lsamp.org/help/help_stem_cip_2010.cfm)
  • Note - the following CASNR majors do not qualify for a TLSAMP stipend, but we still recommend that all students participate in the monthly workshops and professional development programs - Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, Food and Agricultural Business and Natural Resource and Environmental Economic

The UT TLSAMP stipends will be awarded on semester basis and computed on the UT Semester GPA. Fall stipends will be awarded at the beginning of the following Spring semester.  Spring stipends will be awarded at the beginning of the following Fall semester.  All the stipend awards will be credited to the individual’s UT account. No stipends are awarded over the summer. TLSAMP stipend award amounts are as follows:

Academic Scholar

  • Semester GPA of 3.75-4.0 = $500.00
  • Semester GPA of 3.25-3.74 = $300.00
  • Semester GPA of 3.00-3.24 = $200.00

Research Scholar = $200 + your academic stipend

  • Must be an Academic Scholar
  • Participate in research AND present a poster at Regional/National Conference by November 30th.
 
CASNR PROGRAM PARTICIPATION
   
If you are interested in participating in the TLSAMP Program, please click here - tlsamp.utk.edu/index.html
Mr. Craig Pickett, Jr. - CASNR Coordinator for Student Life and Diversity/CASNR TLSAMP Liason, cpicket3@utk.edu, (865) 974 - 7491