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Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation

The Louis Stokes Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) is an NSF funded consortium of sixteen institutions of higher learning and two Native American tribes in Colorado (Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute) and two tribes in Wyoming (Northern Arapahoe and Eastern Shoshone).  Our mission is to increase the number of historically and currently underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander and Alaskan Native) students earning bachelor’s degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

At the University of Wyoming, our primary mission is facilitating life changing mentorship opportunities for the next generation of STEM leaders. We do this by partnering promising students from a diversity of backgrounds with quality mentors conducting meaningful research in their chosen field. We support students directly through research stipends, conference travel assistance, near-peer mentoring, and career development workshops. Interested students should contact Paul Pellissier (ppelliss@uwyo.edu) for more information and to submit their application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year with new positions opening as opportunities become available.

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For Students

 

HAVE AN INTEREST IN RESEARCH?    

Want to take your interest in your STEM degree to the next level and apply the concepts you learn in class to real research projects? We will help pair you with a faculty mentor conducting research in your field who needs your help. We only pair students with researches that have a history of quality mentorship and value your personal growth and learning.

ALREADY HAVE A RESEARCH MENTOR?

If you are already working with a researcher, we can still help. Money does not grow on trees in Wyoming—please put us in contact with your mentor and we can talk about options for supporting you into the future.

WANT TO TRAVEL?

Are you interested in attending an academic or professional conference, Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program, or taking an STEM related field course abroad? We have funds for you to attend these events. Learning takes on a different form outside the classroom. Field courses allow for hands-on learning and conferences are a great place to build community, present research, and network with employers and people who share your interests.

WHAT’S THE CATCH?

To qualify you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled at UW in an NSF approved STEM degree program.
  • Have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher (if you had a rough first semester, we understand and still encourage you to apply)
  • Be a US citizen or green card holder
  • Self-identify as a historically and currently underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander and Alaskan Native)

INTERESTED IN CO-WY AMP? LET US KNOW!


For Mentors

 

WHAT WE DO

Housed within the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, the UW chapter of CO-WY AMP seeks to complement other efforts on campus and create hands-on, meaningful, and personalized learning experiences for undergraduate underrepresented minority (Native American, Hispanic, African American, Pacific Islander, and Alaska Native) students.  We provide direct student support in the way of research stipends, covering conference and research travel expenses, and through near-peer and faculty mentoring programs. At this point, we cannot fund the purchase of laboratory equipment or materials.

MENTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Numerous longitudinal studies1,2 have highlighted the long-term benefits awarded to students who engage in active research as undergraduates. The primary goal of CO-WY AMP is to facilitate research experience by pairing underrepresented minority students in STEM fields with quality mentors and to support them as they conduct research in their respective fields. These experiences can vary widely across academic disciplines and amongst individual relationships. 

  • Mentors are expected to provide a welcoming environment that enhances student appreciation and knowledge of their chosen field. 
  • Students can work with researchers on existing projects or develop novel projects based on shared interests.
  • Once a project is identified, mentors should work with their mentees to write a brief outline and desired outcomes of the project.  
  • Levels of oversight will vary with student maturity, prior experience, and should be assessed by the mentor on an individual basis. 
  • Students are expected to conduct research, aid in lab work, and can work up to 19 hours per week (at $10.00/hr). However, the primary focus should be on the academic, personal, and professional development of CO-WY-AMP students. 
  • Some of this development will occur innately through engaging in research, but mentors should also be available to meet with mentees outside typical research roles for approximately one hour on a bi-weekly basis to discuss these larger goals.
  • CO-WY-AMP funding is assessed on a semiannual basis and students are encouraged to reapply each funding cycle with preference given to new students. When applicable/possible mentors should seek additional funding sources to support successful student, match funding/cost sharing options are available.
  • Upon completing a mentorship program, both the mentor and mentee will be required to fill out a brief survey describing the quality and outcomes of the program.
  1. Hurtado, S. et al. Training Future Scientists: Predicting First-year Minority Student Participation in Health Science Research. Res. High. Educ. 49, 126–152 (2008).
  2. Linn, M. C., Palmer, E., Baranger, A., Gerard, E. & Stone, E. Undergraduate research experiences: Impacts and opportunities. Science 347, 1261757–1261757 (2015).

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