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St. Augustine's CollegeThe Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (VA-NC AMP) is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The goal of this program is to increase the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degrees awarded to students from underrepresented populations in STEM fields by 100%, with the intent that these students will have the background and exposure to encourage them to continue their education through the Ph.D.  This alliance consists of the following eight colleges and universities:  Bennett College for Women (North Carolina), Elizabeth City State University (North Carolina), George Mason University (Virginia), Johnson C. Smith University (North Carolina), Saint Augustine’s College (North Carolina), University of Virginia (Virginia), Virginia Commonwealth University (Virginia) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia).  The Alliance is led by the University of Virginia.

Program Activities at St. Augustine's College

Academic Bridge Program
The Academic Bridge Program is designed to provide academic support to thirty (30) first year STEM students.  Students enrolled in Algebra/Trigonometry, Principles of Biology, General Chemistry, Calculus I and Introduction to Computer Science are eligible to participate in the fall and spring Academic Bridge Program.

Peer Teaching
Students who participated in the Academic Bridge Program will be eligible to serve as peer teaching assistants.  Five students from the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics and Engineering will be selected to provide academic support to students participating in the bridge program.

The STEM Café provides an opportunity for STEM students to learn from each other.  This interactive website will allow students to post ideas, questions and problems in the STEM disciplines.  Bridge faculty will also be able to access this site and respond to postings.

Eligibility Criteria

A student must meet the following criteria to participate in this program:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a first semester freshman
  • Must be a science, mathematics, engineering or technology (STEM) major
  • Must be enrolled in Algebra/Trigonometry, Principles of Biology, General Chemistry, Calculus I or Introduction to Computer Science
  • Must be recommended by a Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or Computer Science faculty

How to apply

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Mark Melton, PI
Dean, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division
Saint Augustine’s College
1315 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina  27610