The Garden State-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP) and the Northern New Jersey-Bridges to the Baccalaureate (NJ-B2B) programs are alliances of 7 universities and 5 community colleges, led by Executive Director Alexander Gates, who is the Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark's School of Arts & Sciences.
GS-LSAMP seeks to increase the participation and success in STEM by students from minority groups that are traditionally underrepresented in these fields by providing support services at many levels to help interested students be successful in STEM majors.
The alliances, funded by the National Science Foundation, include Fairleigh Dickinson, Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, William Paterson, County College of Morris, Hudson County Community College, Passaic County Community College, Union County College, and until recently, New Jersey City University.
On October 11, 2019, the 11th Annual GS-LSAMP/NNJ-B2B STEM Research Conference was held at the College Avenue Student Center on the Rutgers–New Brunswick campus, drawing more than 500 attendees who viewed 165 STEM research posters presented by 175 LSAMP and B2B students. The event also featured a Transfer Admissions Fair with the GS-LSAMP undergraduate programs represented; a Graduate School Admissions Fair, with 18 graduate programs represented; and a Graduate Student Panel Discussion.
Welcome addresses were given by Dr. Alec Gates, PI of the GS-LSAMP; Dr. Prabhas Moghe, Provost of Rutgers-New Brunswick; Dr. Ashwani Monga, Provost of Rutgers-Newark; Mr. Thomas van Aken, Program Director of the NNJ-B2B; and Dr. Steven Rose, President of Passaic County Community College. Dr. Esmeralda Ramirez-Peña, Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, gave the keynote address, which focused both on her research into population-level causes of breast cancer and her own experience with Imposter Syndrome.
This is an annual event with next year's currently scheduled for October 9, 2020.