Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

Considering a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)?

TB B2B (TBB2B) logoThe National Science Foundation has awarded the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) grant to a consortium of three institutions on Florida’s Gulf Coast which include St. Petersburg College, Hillsborough Community College and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The purpose of the Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate (TB-B2B) program is to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM)* students completing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM program.

*African-American, Alaskan Native, American Indian/Native American, Hawaiian Native, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Pacific Islander

By joining the TB-B2B LSAMP Program, SCF students have access to:

  • Dedicated STEM Career Program Advising
  • Supplemental learning with peer tutors
  • Help with mathematics courses
  • STEM conferences, workshops, and seminars
  • Networking with STEM students from SCF and other colleges
  • Opportunity to serve as a STEM peer mentor and ambassador,
    assisting with high school and college outreach
  • Internships and research opportunities
  • Access to the B2B STEM Study Room
Apply Here

The main goals for the program are:

  1. Increase the number of URM students enrolling in STEM programs of study
  2. Increase retention, persistence, and completion of URM students in STEM programs of study
  3. Increase URM student math literacy using evidence-based academic supports
  4. Increase the number of URM students matriculating into STEM Baccalaureate Degrees

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a currently enrolled student at SCF or a partner institution
  • Be an underrepresented minority (African-American, Alaskan Native, American Indian/Native American, Hawaiian Native, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Pacific Islander)
  • Plan to pursue a STEM bachelor’s degree
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Have fewer than 40 college credits
  • Meet regularly with the Student Support Coordinator
  • Participate in B2B events each semester

 Upcoming Events:

Robofest logo

RoboFest & the RoboParade Competition 2020 is a fabulous competition for STEM students.

Robofest is a festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Computer Science. Students design, construct and program the robots. Any robotics kits are allowed in the construction of robots. Robots can be programmed with any programming language. Robofest programs support Computer Science for All.

RoboParade is a parade of autonomous robotic floats where students show off their designs and creativity! It is a fun and motivating event to promote cooperation, harmony, and creativity.  Great competition for rookies and advanced teams.

Robofest 2020 Qualifying Competition

All Schools, Teams, Students, and Volunteers Are Welcome!
Events are free to the public!

Hosted by: Nielsen 
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar, FL 34677
Registration is OPEN:      Teams and Volunteers      Deadline: 02-26-2020

COACHES TO REGISTER, go to, click on Coach Login.

VOLUNTEERS TO REGISTER, go to the volunteer registration page .

2020 Season Kick-Offs

1st “virtual” kick-off info session:
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, @ 10 AM – 12 PM in the Nielsen Auditorium in Oldsmar, FL

2nd “in person” kick-off info session:
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 @ 10 AM – 12 PM in the Nielsen Auditorium in Oldsmar, FL

COMPETITION Informational Handout and Schedule PDF

RSVP for the kick-offs and let me know if you want to have a Robofest Workshop for your team.
For info contact: Emma Alaba /Director, Host Organizer Robofest in FL
Email: simplepc4u [at] (primary communication) Website:

  • January 18, 2020 - USF-SM Biology Open House at Mote Marine 10AM - 12:30 PM
  • January 24, 2020 - CROP Outreach Event at SCF
  • January 27, 2020 - FUSE Lunch and Learn: Interview Skill in the SCF Library at 11 AM
  • February 3-6, 2020 - Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN) in Washington, DC
  • February 24, 2020 - FUSE Lunch and Learn: Life after Transfer at USF0-SM at 11 AM 
  • March 30, 2020 - FUSE Lunch and Learn: Nuts and Bolts of Transferring in the SCF Club Hub at 11 AM

Press Releases:

Grant Gives Tampa Bay Minorities Greater Access to STEM Degrees

National Science Foundation Helps Fund STEM at SCF

B2B Student wins award at the Tiny Earth Symposium


Linette Victor
Student Success Coordinator
B2B Grant Program
(941) 752-5611

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