Mother of former student supports minority STEM education at Texas A&M

The mother of a three-time LSAMP logograduate of Texas A&M has given $1,000 to The Texas A&M University System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TAMUS LSAMP) program. 

Jeanette Rodriguez of San Antonio donated through the Texas A&M Foundation as a memorial to her parents.

The LSAMP program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is part of an initiative to increase the number of underrepresented minority students earning undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), and who are motivated to pursue graduate education.

“Our family chose to contribute to this program as a memorial to my parents, Hortense and Manuel A. Solano, because of their personal commitment to providing a college education for their four children,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez’s son, Douglas Rodriguez ’00, earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M and is a former fellow in the TAMUS LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate (BD) program.

Jeanette Rodriguez’s gift will further enhance LSAMP’s goal to enrich STEM education. “We chose to give to the Texas A&M System LSAMP program not only because of the opportunities it afforded Douglas while pursuing his Ph.D., but because of the overall mission to encourage underrepresented students in the STEM fields,” she said.

The TAMUS LSAMP program is an alliance that includes Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Since its inception in 1991 as one of the first six LSAMP institutions funded by NSF, TAMUS LSAMP has played a key role in enhancing retention and degree completion for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. In 2003, NSF introduced the BD initiative, which provides funding coupled with enhanced support strategies to successfully bridge students to and through completion of PhDs. To date, TAMUS LSAMP has hosted eight cohorts.

 

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