The CSU-LSAMP program is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF grant # HRD-0802628), the CSU Office of the Chancellor, and the 22 participating CSU campuses. The goal of this program is to increase the number of targeted students who graduate with degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The targeted students are individuals who have faced or face social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM.
Several strategies are employed to meet this goal including encouraging participation in academic year workshops in key "gatekeeper" courses, assistance with admission to graduate schools (GRE workshops, application help, fee waivers, etc.) and funds to attend research conferences. The capstone activity is an independent research experience with a faculty member at CSUF for which the students can receive a scholarship and/or course credit.
At CSUF there are three different classifications within LSAMP: Summer/Fall Research Student, Academic Year Research Student and Participant. The academic year for LSAMP begins June 1st and closes May 31st of the following year. LSAMP students (all three classifications need to reapply on an annual basis). Applications for participants are accepted year round. Due dates for summer/fall and academic year vary. Please refer to theapplication page for specific due dates. The following classifications are defined below:
Participant : This individual is a part of LSAMP and can also be funded by another undergraduate research program at CSUF. This individual does not receive any funding for conducting research and is not required to perform research. We hope that participants can quickly move to become a funded research student.
Summer/Fall Research Student : During summer the research student performs 25 hours of research per week and attends weekly workshops. The summer research student is expected to present his or her research in the form of a poster at the conclusion of the summer program. Once fall begins, the student's research commitment changes to 5 hours per week. The summer/fall research student is given a research scholarship in the amount of $4,000. For additional details on requirements and expectations, please visit the application page .
Academic Year Research Student : This individual performs research for 10-15 hours per week. The student is expected to attend an LSAMP sponsored graduate school visit and attend one LSAMP sponsored workshop. This individual receives a research scholarship in the amount of $4,000. For additional details on requirements and expectations, please visit the application page.