TAMIU LSAMP Program Congratulates First Cohort

This Spring 2022, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Involvement has added a STEM undergraduate scholarship to its list of resources for underrepresented minority students, including members of the Stokes Alliance at Texas International University A&M.

TAMIU LSAMP STEM Undergraduate Scholarship students have engaged in cutting-edge research projects with faculty mentors. They were also able to attend the TAMUS LSAMP Graduate Interest Group Program Professional Development Program and other related events to learn about internships, research opportunities, graduate programs and more.


The first cohort of TAMIU LSAMP STEM Undergraduate Scholars includes the following Spring 2022 graduates:

Ian A. Lopez, a petroleum engineering student whose research presents a new design for improving Eagle Ford formation oil production through CO2 injection.
Juan Soliz, a petroleum engineering student and Army veteran whose research studies the abilities of different gases to improve oil recovery for different types of oil.
Julian Miranda, a mathematics student conducting research on how to create and prove an efficient high-order algorithm for simulations of parameterized magnetohydrodynamic flow ensembles.
The scholarship is organized in a four-tier system where students receive a stipend for each level completed during the one-year scholarship program. Depending on the level of involvement and participation, LSAMP Fellows can receive stipends ranging from $500 to $1,250 per year.

TAMIU LSAMP Principal Investigator, Associate Professor of Systems Engineering and Acting Director of the School of Engineering Dr. Mahmoud T. Khasawneh explained the impact and implementation of the scholarship program at the University.

“This scholarship program is unique in that it follows a holistic perspective to prepare students for successful careers, where students not only engage in research projects with faculty mentors, but also participate in professional development activities aimed at building their ability to do research, gaining insights on how to become a competitive candidate for graduate school, and gaining general professional skills that will help them in the job market,” Dr. Khasawneh said.

TAMIU LSAMP is a National Science Foundation-funded program that strives to help historically underrepresented students in STEM fields excel in their careers.

“This scholarship provides students with the opportunity to engage in research with their mentors and develop their skills through workshops, while receiving money for purposes other than tuition,” added Yahaira S. Franco, TAMIU LSAMP program specialist.

To apply for this scholarship program, students can access the application on https://go.tamiu.edu/lsamp . A second cohort of students will begin their LSAMP journey this fall 2022.

Student applicants must submit an essay of research interest, a Faculty Mentor Acknowledgment Form on the TAMIU LSAMP website, a resume, and an unofficial transcript.

Scholarship eligibility guidelines include that the student be enrolled in an NSF LSAMP-eligible STEM degree (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Petroleum Engineering), either U.S. citizens, national residents, or permanent or in good standing at TAMIU, and identify as an underrepresented minority.

For more information, please contact Yahaira Franco at 956.326.3231, email yahaira.franco@tamiu.edu, or visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, KL 326.

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