College of Natural Sciences

The Louis Stokes Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-AMP) is proud to represent fifteen Colorado institutions of higher education as part of the National Science Foundation’s framework of colleges and universities that comprise the LS-AMP network. CO-AMP is currently represented by five Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Colorado.

Since its inception in 1996, CO-AMP has been an innovative consortium of institutions increasing the quality of education for underrepresented minorities (URM) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and has built an infrastructure for collaborative programs and activities. During the last fifteen years, the CO-AMP has significantly impacted participants to make profound and successful changes in their academic careers and their lives. Over the years, CO-AMP has also integrated minority students into college life, initiated early STEM advising and mentoring, enhanced state of the art interventions to increase the number of underrepresented STEM students, and increased communication of effective programming across our partner institutions.

CO-AMP also partners with four tribes (Jicarilla Apache, Navajo, Southern Ute, and Ute Mountain Ute), along with partners from numerous corporations, governmental agencies, professional membership organizations, and community members. These partnerships and collaborations continue to provide insight into the ever-changing direction of technology and offer career opportunities and internships to underrepresented minority students.


Our Mission: 


To double the number of underrepresented minority students (African American, Hispanic, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, and Native American) receiving baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Other goals include increasing the quality of education for these students and building the infrastructure for programs and activities that link public and private resources through structured funding and program development strategies. This program is not racially or gender exclusive.


Our Objectives: 
  • To increase the number of URM undergraduates successfully completing baccalaureate degrees in STEM disciplines.

  • To improve retention and transfer rates of URM students in STEM disciplines from 2-year to 4-year institutions.

  • To build and enhance partnerships with Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) in Colorado including “sister” schools in collaborative relationships and increase the visibility of CO-AMP among stakeholders in Colorado.

  • To enhance graduate school preparation of URM STEM students.

  • To promote international research experiences to enhance global diversity and understanding.