Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation –
National Science Foundation International Center of Excellence (LSAMP-NICE)

The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to broaden participation of underrepresented populations in international collaborative research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

LSAMP-NICE program is a collaborative project led by Salish Kootenai College.

Project Leadership

Dr. Steven Dupuis, DM/IST
Principal Investigator/Project Director
Salish Kootenai College

Dr. Martha Tchounwou
Co-Principal Investigator
Jackson State University

Dr. Zakiya S. Wilson-Kennedy
Co-Principal Investigator
Louisiana State University
Denise Yates
Co-Principal Investigator
University of Illinois Chicago

LSAMP-NICE Objectives:

The goal of the Louis Stokes Regional NSF International Center of Excellence (LSAMP-NICE) is to create a collaborative framework for Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) institutions to leverage resources, establish partnership and support from several other NSF programs and countries, and to further strengthen the NSF Broadening Participation initiative through international research experiences in STEM.

Specific and measurable objectives are:

Objective 1. Dissemination and professional development through the establishment of a virtual portal,

Objective 2. Organization of an annual LSAMP-NICE Conference for dissemination and professional development,

Objective 3. Development of a dynamic archive of information or dissemination, exposing LSAMP undergrads and LSAMP BD grad students to collaborative international research opportunities annually,

Objective 4. Develop, implement, and assess faculty co-mentor faculty award process, and

Objective 5. Tracking the successful publication of peer-reviewed journal articles co-authored by LSAMP undergrad and BD grad students resulting from collaborative international research.

We believe that the learning gains of a student are dramatically enhanced when the US co-mentor and the international mentor are engaged through the arc of the project


The LSAMP  NICE is an international community with 45+ LSAMP alliances in 35+ countries who thrive to provide research opportunities to the Native Americans enrolled in diverse institutions.

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) from Saudi Arabia and the National Research Foundation (NRF) from South Africa are the leading organizations which have a major contribution towards fulfilling the program objectives.

Apart from Saudi Arabia and South Africa, the LSAMP-NICE has a global presence including countries like Brazil, Puerto Rico, Panama, France, China and many more. With this international collaboration, the organization has succeeded in providing research opportunities to all the grad students coming from the minorities and are researching in the STEM field.

Event Information

Contact Information

UIC Office

Denise Y. Yates, MA NCC

University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Medicine
Office of Graduate Diversity Programs
c/o Office of the Dean
820 S. Wood MC784 300CSN
Chicago, IL 60612