About CIMA

Ciencia, Ingeniería, y Matemáticas Aliados (CIMA) is the Alamo Colleges’ Alliance was formed in the fall of 2013 when St. Philip’s College was awarded a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation 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, and Northwest Vista College and the lead institution St. Philip's College with the mission to significantly increase the number of underrepresented student who attain bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

In order to achieve CIMA’s mission, a large number of initiatives, including peer mentorship, faculty mentorship, tutoring, supplemental instruction, STEM student incubator and undergraduate research.


The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative recruitment and retention strategies and experiences in support of groups historically under-represented in STEM discipline: 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.

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Student Requirements

  1. Must be a current student of the Alamo Colleges during the semester prior to participating in the program.
  2. Declared major must be in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or related field.  Pre-professional Medical and Nursing majors are not eligible to participate.
  3. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  5. Must be 18 years of age or older.

Note: Students accepted to the 10-week CIMA/LSAMP Summer Research Program will not be allowed to enroll in summer courses or work between the hours of 8am - 5pm. Attendance in all program workshops, field trips, and the symposium is mandatory.

CIMA Application

CIMA-LSAMP is now accepting applications for our Undergraduate Research Program.

Summer Research Application

Fall & Spring Research Application

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer

"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1712626. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF)."