The California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (locally known as CAMP) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), is a statewide initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program is named after the honorable Louis Stokes, the first African American member of Congress from the State of Ohio and champion of education for the underserved. The objective of CAMP is to strengthen the quality and quantity of underrepresented students receiving baccalaureate degrees in STEM at the University of California (UC).
Thanks to the efforts of Eloy Rodriguez, Ph.D., and the late Juan Francisco Lara, Ph.D., as well as tremendous support from the late former UCI Chancellor Jack Peltason, Ph.D., and former Executive Vice Chancellor L. Dennis Smith, Ph.D., four University of California campuses received funding from NSF to initiate the California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program in Fall 1991. The initial four campuses were UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz. In 1995, four additional campuses were funded: UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and UC Berkeley. UC Merced was recently added to the alliance in 2011.
CAMP has been supported in five-year funding cycles by the NSF, with significant resources added at each partner institution. Since the alliance was initiated, UC Irvine has served as the lead campus with the UCI chancellors serving as the principal investigators. CAMP at UC Irvine has also benefitted greatly from the service of Marjorie DeMartino, M.F.A. and Kika Friend, M.A.
As the CAMP Statewide Co-Director, Marjorie has written numerous grants to secure funds so CAMP may continue to help underrepresented students in STEM. Marjorie also uses her excellent writing skills to advance academic preparation programs. In the early years of CAMP, Marjorie published a newsletter every quarter to inform the university community about the CAMP students’ achievements and the relationships formed with faculty. Dr. Lara once said, “I know she helped make CAMP what it is through the CAMP Quarterly, a national publication that had no equal”. In addition to the CAMP Quarterly, Marjorie also writes the annual Statewide Symposium Proceedings and Profiles to document student achievement in faculty mentored research. CAMP Statewide’s success is largely thanks to Marjorie’s dedication to CAMP’s mission.
Kika Friend, M.A., started at CAMP as a program specialist and in 1994, became the CAMP Program Director. As the program director, Kika was instrumental in fostering success amongst undergraduate minorities in STEM and laying the foundation for student excellence at UC Irvine. She has worked throughout the years to ensure that students obtain their B.S. degrees in a STEM-related field. Aside from her efforts in helping students get a strong foothold at UCI, she constantly advertised opportunities for students to get involved in research and network with alumni in industry. Student success was at the top of Kika’s priorities in order to provide students with the experience needed for graduate school and future careers. Students who have graduated and have gone on to become doctors, engineers, scientists, university professors and researchers, have credited Kika for their success.
CAMP is currently going through a transition period and reconstitution, with UC Riverside becoming the new lead campus with Dr. Richard Cardullo, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, overseeing the alliance.
CAMP at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) provides support throughout the students’ undergraduate years and the critical transition points along the STEM education pipeline.
The CAMP program at UCI is divided into three components:
- Preparation for university life
- Academic excellence during college
- Careers after graduation
Preparation for University
The three-week CAMP Summer Science Academy (CSSA) is a residential program that prepares incoming freshmen for the transition from high school to UCI. The three-week program emphasizes the development of critical thinking and concentrates on courses that are critical for the student’s career. To learn more about this program click here.
Academic Excellence During College
CAMP’s approach to student retention is centered on building a learning community based on academic excellence. Faculty, university administrators, staff, alumni, and graduate students cooperate in the alliance. CAMP offers a wide variety of programs and services to help students achieve their academic goals.
CAMP branched out to nine of the University of California campuses. Below are links to the other CAMP programs as well a link to the main office, CAMP Statewide.
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