North Star STEM Alliance - University of Minnesota Twin Cities (LSAMP)

The Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance is an 18-member alliance among Minnesota colleges and comm

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It’s that time of the year! Our 2022-2023 Kick Off is September 23rd, 2022. Mark your calendars! More details to come.


It's time now to introduce our third panelist for our Women in STEM event on Thursday.

Please meet Aparna Lohmor, a Computer Science major at the University of Minnesota! Aparna is expected to graduate in 2024 and has industry experience at the U, and will be completing a software engineering internship this summer. She also has experience as a teaching assistant and has received several awards including the Global Excellence Scholarship and the Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship. Her hometown is in New Delhi, India.

Join us this Thursday @ 6 PM (CST) to learn more about our keynote and panelists' journey in STEM. This event is hosted by the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and 3M.

The event is from 6 PM to 7:30 PM (CST), virtual, free, and open to all! Zoom details below.

Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 979 4894 7026


It's time to introduce our second panelist for Thursday's Women in STEM event!

Our second panelist is Minali Ganguly. Minali is from Houston, Texas and is currently majoring in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Minali has completed a co-op experience at Wunderlich-Malec Engineering, Inc. and plans to graduate in May 2023. Outside of school Minali is engaged with various organizations, such as Engineers Without Borders USA, Society of Women Engineers, University of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services, Special Olympics UMN, and more. Just amazing!

Join us this Thursday @ 6 PM (CST) to learn more about our keynote and panelists' journey in STEM.

This event is hosted by the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and 3M. The event is from 6 PM to 7:30 PM (CST), virtual, free, and open to all! Zoom details below.

Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 979 4894 7026


We've already introduced our amazing keynote, Emily Anne Vargas , for our Women in STEM event, and now we're excited to introduce our panel speakers! First up is Dani Alfonzo Mudoy.

Dani hails from Edina, Minnesota and is currently a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Dani is also a participant of the prestigious Chinese Flagship program at the U. Dani intends to graduate in May 2023 and has industry experiences in medical device design, medical device prototyping, and process development. Outside of her studies Dani is heavily involved with Engineer without Borders, has worked on 2 water distribution projects in Guatemala, and took a gap year in Taiwan.

We cannot wait to learn more about Dani's journey in STEM!

Join us for the 2022 Women in STEM event hosted by the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance. The event is from 6 PM to 7:30 PM (CST), virtual, free, and open to all! Zoom details below!

Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 979 4894 7026


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Join us for our Women in STEM event on Thursday, April 28 from 6pm - 7:30pm!

We will be hearing from our Keynote Speaker Emily Vargas and an undergraduate STEM panel of women!


Join us this Wednesday for our March Monthly Mingle in Appleby 223 from 5-7. We will be having food from B.A.D Wingz. All are welcome!



Join the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance and MN Cup to hear from an esteemed panel of local MN entrepreneurs doing business in STEM related fields. Learn about their entrepreneurial journey, what they’re up to today (from video game development to piloting drones, small business support to medical device innovation), and where they are headed.

In the basement of Walter Library/Virtual.


Learn how to impress potential employers in this one hour, fast-paced workshop!

Wednesday, March 23. 4pm-5pm.

Zoom ID: 985 3436 1319


Attention all LS-NSSA Scholars!

Thanks to a collaboration between the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance and Minnesota's Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE), LS-NSSA scholars can participate in an exclusive paid 8-week summer research internship with faculty at the University of Minnesota. This program was created just for North Star STEM scholars, and is funded by NSF and the 3M Foundation.

Upon completion of the research internship, scholars will receive a $4,000 stipend. Campus housing and/or a housing stipend will also be provided for students who do not live in the Twin Cities metro.

Application materials:
Personal statement
Most recent unofficial transcript
1 letter of recommendation

Applications for the 2022 internship cycle opens February 1 and closes March 4. Application in our bio.
For more details, visit the LS-NSSA website, or email the LS-NSSA Assistant Director at [email protected].


A great cover letter is a must-have! Learn how to create one and impress potential employers with this workshop.

February 15th 4pm-5pm
Zoom ID: 999 2588 2656

Brought to you by the Science Communication Lab and LS-NSSA


Whether you’re applying for a job or graduate school, you need to pass the interview. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to get over the interview jitters and turn their written materials into a great conversation with their interviewer. Attendees should come to the workshop with their personal statement, cover letter or materials they started from previous workshops. Hosted by The University of Minnesota’s Louis Stokes NorthStar STEM Alliance and Science Communication Lab

Zoom ID: 974 3047 9477


Did you recently just transfer to the U of M? Or are you looking into transferring? Come join this weekly coffee & tea hour to get answers to your transfer questions, work together on homework, and find community!

Meeting ID: 989 6966 2880


Want to learn how to tell your own story better? Join SciTech on Zoom -Thursday December 2nd - to work on techniques to help you impress recruiters and prepare for interviews!

Any questions? Contact LS-NSSA’s Assistant Director at [email protected] or email [email protected].


Interested in doing research this summer? Well, thanks to a collaboration between LS-NSSA and MnDrive, LS-NSSA scholars can now participate in a PAID 8-week summer research internship with MnDrive right here at the U!

Reach out to [email protected] or visit our website for more information and don’t forget to apply!


Join the Science Communication Lab on November 4th for a workshop about improving cover letters & personal statements as well as prepping for potential job interviews!


Calling all women in

A full–tuition scholarship is available for women in science, technology, engineering, or math. Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications close 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟑𝐭𝐡, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐚𝐭 𝟏𝟏:𝟓𝟗𝐏𝐌 𝐂𝐒𝐓.
Apply at


Are you interested in public health, medicine, infectious disease or epidemiology? Or are you just interested in learning how to do research in general? We have an exciting research opportunity available to all Level 1 scholars (aka y'all) for the spring 2022 semester and summer 2022.

Apply to our Tiny Earth research program, designed and created just for our LS-NSSA scholars! This academic year we will be holding Tiny Earth in both spring 2022 and summer 2022. Applications for Tiny Earth open November 1. Tiny Earth is a short-term (4-6 week) introduction to research experience funded by the 3M Foundation. You will be alongside other LS-NSSA scholars from all over the state of MN and get the chance to design and present your own epidemiological research study. Upon completion of the program each participant will receive a $925 stipend.

Spring Tiny Earth applications due mid-December. Summer Tiny Earth applications due in February. For more details please view the flyer, visit our website, or email [email protected].


The TRIO McNair Scholars Program and Louis Stokes NorthStar STEM Alliance are hosting a series of Virtual Bridge to the Doctorate Workshops over the course of Academic Year 2021-22.
These 90-minute sessions are geared towards students who identify as first-generation college students, Pell-eligible, and/or from an underrepresented community who are seeking a pathway to transform systems and are considering a doctorate degree or going to graduate school.
Thank you for helping to promote our upcoming event on Demystifying the Graduate School Selection and Application Process.

Date: Wednesday, October 27 @ 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM (CST)

Participants Encouraged to RSVP here:

Hold the date for upcoming Bridge to the Doctorate Workshops. All workshops will be held virtually from 3:00pm - 5:30pm.
•Writing an Effective Statement of Purpose (12/1/21)
•Statement of Purpose Consultation & Support: 2022 Research Opportunities (TBA-early January)


As the semesters ramps up and midterms approach, be sure to take a moment to check in with yourself and prioritize your mental well-being!

Join the Student Counseling Services through Zoom on Thursday Oct 14th, for some self care & stress release.


Come join us today at walter library to learn more about the resources and the space


Event today at 4PM. Come join us with the Science Communication Lab to learn more about what STEM identity means 😊


join us today on zoom with the science communication lab to learn more about STEM identity!


Good evening scholars!
Interested in research? Read more about an opportunity to work in the Data Science in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (DSMMA) program!

Contact NSSA’s Assistant Director Crystal Lee-Thao ([email protected]) to apply!

Photos from North Star STEM Alliance - University of Minnesota Twin Cities (LSAMP)'s post 09/10/2021

An introduction to our Keynote Speaker for the 2021 LS- NSSA Kickoff: Dr Maria Uloko, MD!


Interested in a MS or PhD? The Biomedical Graduate Research, Education and Training (BGREAT) is hosting a virtual Diversity Conference in the Biomedical Sciences on Sept 30 - Oct 1. The registration deadline to present has been extended until Sept 9th (even though the form states Sept 3rd). Instead of the poster competition, they will have a poster presentation workshop where the attendees will practice their presentations and receive feedback. Submit your research to present and get the opportunity to network with faculty and undergraduate researchers from other minority-serving universities!


Good morning scholars!

The Ilic Research Group in the Mechanical Engineering Department is seeking highly motivated undergraduate students to assist with research in nano scale optics and mechanics. We are a multidisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers.

Duties and responsibilities for this position include: performing computer simulations, making prototypes, performing experiments, data analysis, presenting and communicating results.

This position is open to students of all majors within CSE. Basic familiarity with coding, CAD software, 3D printing, and mechanical prototyping is helpful but not required. Pay is $15/hr. Work hours 10-15 hours a week. Fall semester placement with opportunity to continue in Spring 2022 (contingent upon performance).

To apply contact Crystal Lee-Thao ([email protected]) by Friday, September 10.


Happy start of Fall Semester scholars!!
Start of Fall means it’s almost time for the LS-NSSA kickoff!

Zoom in to learn about the resources and opportunities within the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance this academic year, and get a chance to listen to your peers as they present the research they've been working on this past year. Get pumped for the year with us!

Join us on Zoom on Friday, September 24th from 6pm-8pm (CST).

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 940 7141 4973
Passcode: v9F85A


registration for the SHPE 2021 National Convention is now open so make sure to get your travel applications in to NSSA by Friday, September 10th!

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