About CIMA

Ciencia, Ingeniería, y Matemáticas Aliados (CIMA) is an Alamo Colleges’ Alliance that was formed in Fall 2013 when St. Philip’s College was awarded a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Baccalaureate (B2B) Program grant funded by the National Science Foundation. CIMA is comprised of five of the Alamo Colleges: San Antonio College, Palo Alto College, Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, and the lead institution, St. Philip's College, with the mission to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minority students who attain bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

In an effort to achieve this mission, the CIMA-LSAMP program is active throughout the five colleges, providing students with opportunities such as peer mentorship, faculty mentorship, tutoring, and undergraduate research.


Louis-Stokes-photo.jpgThe Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the number of students successfully completing high-quality degree programs in STEM disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative recruitment and retention strategies and experiences in support of groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. The knowledge generation portfolio of LSAMP-supported activities contributes to the body of literature on successful practices in student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees, especially for the previously mentioned populations underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

Read more about Louis Stokes' Biography

Peer Mentoring Program

The CIMA-LSAMP Peer Mentors are here to help you achieve academic success.

What is a Peer Mentor?

  • An experienced guide and role model to help you navigate easily through your college experience
  • A trusted ally who provides advice, support, and information with your personal, academic, and social situations

What are some of the benefits of having a Peer Mentor?

  • Boost confidence and self-esteem
  • Strengthen your academic skills
  • Helping you gain professional development (training, guest speakers, teambuilding, etc.)
  • One-on-One sessions

Peer Mentor can help you with:

  • Information and encouragement on STEM academic achievements
  • Information on campus resources and opportunities
  • Setting future goals
  • Understanding your degree plan and the courses required
  • Caspers_Samuel350.jpgSamuel Caspers
    Associate of Science
    Tutorial Center – Paluxy Hall Room 118

    Mon. & Wed. 9 am-3 pm


    Current Alamo Colleges-Texas A&M University student studying automotive engineering. When I grow up, I want to design powertrains and propulsion systems. In my free time, I go hiking, try local restaurants, and compete in the Highland Games.



Scholarship/Research Opportunities


Undergraduate Research Experiences (URE’s)

***If you need assistance applying for any of the above internships/ research opportunities the peer mentors are here to help.