PR-LSAMP is one of the six "Grand AMPs". It was created in 1991 as a collaborative venture of the main higher education institutions in Puerto Rico to increase the quantity and quality of minority and low-income college students who successfully complete a baccalaureate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), and continue on to complete a graduate degree in a STEM-related field. The alliance is composed of eleven major institutions of higher education that are well known for their strong commitment to academic excellence and for providing a learning environment conducive to retaining and graduating a significant number of undergraduate students in STEM careers.
PR-LSAMP has been the main generator of institutional change among all members of the alliance in creating a genuine culture of undergraduate research and mentoring, therefore improving undergraduate STEM education.
PR-LSAMP’s success and institutionalization of activities are predicated on a systemic, integrative approach that builds not only on the successes of the past 20 years, but also on the participating institutions’ on-going efforts to improve STEM education to ensure sustainability of efforts. As a result of these sustained efforts, PR-LSAMP institutions have: 1) increased the undergraduate STEM enrollment from 12,572 in 1991-92 to 27,258 in 2010-11, more than a twofold increase; 2) increased the annual BS degree production from 1,709 in 1991 to 2,764 in 2011 a significant contribution to the NSF goal of a diversified STEM workforce; 3) contributed to the national pool of Hispanic PhD’s in Natural Sciences, from 12.5% to 17%, and Engineering, from 18% to 21%; and 4) increased the number of PhD degrees awarded in STEM fields in the UPR System from 9 in 1991 to 49 in 2010, more than a five-fold increase.