Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation


        CO-AMP is an innovative consortium of fourteen community colleges and four-year institutions, and four Native American tribes in Colorado and Four Corners region.  The Alliance’s mission is to double the number of historically and currently under-represented American Indian, African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander students earning bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  In 2011, CO-AMP was awarded another five years with the grant at five million dollars.

        Through the program, money is available for STEM clubs, to help students to attend conferences and apply for summer programs/graduate schools, and for teaching assistant/research assistant positions on campus.  All qualifying students receive an annual newsletter highlighting some of these opportunities that are available.  These newsletters will also be posted below.  Travel and research grant will be available to students.  Check out the links below to learn more and to get the application form.  Last year, 165 students qualified for CO-AMP based on ethnicity and major.  The program provided funding for 12 different students: 1 research assistant in earth science, one student was funded to attend the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in LA, five students were funded to help start a SACNAS chapter on campus, one student won a $500 scholarships, two students were partially funded to attend the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans, and one student was partially funded to participate in a course in Costa Rica. 

        More information about the program activities throughout the state can be found in the CO-AMP Commentary.


Newsletter 1

Newsletter 2

Newsletter 3

Travel/Research grant information

Travel grant application

Research grant application



In July, 2014, ASU CO-AMP student Darin Sisneros travelled to Australia and experienced the unique and extravagant country during a two week focused academic program.  During his time abroad he was able to explore Sydney, national parks, and the Great Barrier Reef.  The course focused largely on the immense biodiversity of the organisms and the diverse habitats that they lived in.  Darin was able to see many remarkable species during the hikes and boat cruises through the lush rain forest.  The group was led by very knowledgeable guides and they were able to learn from aboriginals about their culture, history, customs, and how they were affected after European influence.  Darin states that, “This program was truly an experience of a lifetime and it allowed me to become a more well-rounded person and more culturally competent.”


Nathaniel (Nathan) Samora received CO-AMP funding to partially pay for a biology course through New York University (taught by Adams State professor Tim Armstrong) that took place in Eastern Africa, May 22 – June 6, 2012.   This is a picture of him with orphans at the Naivasha Rescue Center in Naivasha, Kenya.


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Three Co-AMP students from Adams State College attended the 237th American Chemical Society National meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, March 22-26, 2009.  Shown, (L-R):  David Gurule, Jeri Chacon, Tyler Christensen, and site coordinator, Renee Beeton.


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Rachel Raguindin assisting students making nylon in the chemistry lab at the Upward Bound Science night.