Multiple UA departments are participants in the LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) program. The LSAMP program is funded by the National Science Foundation with the objective to increase the number of STEM degrees (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.) awarded to students from underrepresented minority groups. The University of Alabama became the lead institution for the LSAMP Program in Alabama, which is a 12-institution alliance. Undergraduate students who are seniors at one of the LSAMP alliance schools are eligible to apply. Students who are selected receive an annual stipend of $30,000 and remission of tuition and fees during their first two years in graduate study. Upon completion of their Master of Science degrees, students will continue their graduate education, supported through a Research Assistantship and/or Graduate Teaching Assistantship for three more years.