Welcome to California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) Fresno State!


The California State University, Fresno, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study.

lsamp-wliliaCSU-LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields, particularly individuals who have faced or face social, educational or economic barriers to careers in STEM.



LSAMP Informational Videos

Becoming a Scientist or Engineer: Your Pathway to the Future with LSAMP is intended primarily for high school and lower division college students from racial/ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields. The goal of this video is to motivate these students to pursue majors and careers in STEM, and to encourage them to seek out LSAMP or other programs that provide support and enrichment experiences to help facilitate their success.

LSAMP: Aiming High and Making a Difference tells the story of Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program, including the program’s history, theoretical underpinnings, programmatic structure, and outcomes. The story is told primarily by LSAMP administrators, faculty, staff, current students, and alumni who were interviewed for the production.

Overall Program Objectives:

  • To support students in "gatekeeper" courses in STEM with the goal of improving student performance and persistence in STEM.
  • To support students as they transition into STEM disciplines (e.g. as first-time freshmen, transfer students, or newly declared majors) with the goal of improving persistence in STEM.
  • To provide opportunities for students to engage in research projects, internships, and international activities with the goal of encouraging continuation to graduate school and professional careers in STEM.
  • To provide additional professional development and graduate school preparation activities with the goal of increasing the number of students entering graduate programs and professional careers in STEM.
  • To continue on-going LSAMP student support and exposure to career and research opportunities in STEM with the goal of increasing persistence in STEM and enhancing interest in pursuing graduate study and professional careers in STEM
  • To document, disseminate, and replicate, undergraduate intervention models that increase access to, and success in, baccalaureate degree production in STEM fields and facilitate undergraduate admissions to STEM graduate programs.

LSAMP Program Activities

  • Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW) in Science, Engineering, or Mathematics
  • LSAMP Student Meetings
  • Orientation for New LSAMP Students
  • Year-Round Research Training Program
  • Internships
  • International Activities
  • Presentation/Publication of Research
  • Travel Funds to Present/Attend Conferences
  • Graduate School Preparation Activities
  • Funding to Facilitate and Mentor or Train LSAMP Students
  • LSAMP Academic and Career Advisement
  • Communications
  • CSU-LSAMP Statewide Recognitions

Program Benefits:

  • Free help in science, engineering and mathematics courses – LSAMP provides group facilitators (advanced students who have received grades of A or B in courses they are facilitating)
  • Travel funds, stipends & reimbursement of other costs (i.e., travel to present or attend local, regional and national conferences, graduation application fees; some tests; some texts; graduate school application fees) – amount of stipends and funding is dependent on level of participation, specific program activity, and academic performance
  • Eligibility to participate in the LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Program - Two year graduate fellowship that covers the cost of tuition and fees, and provides funds for a stipend, supplies and travel.

Eligibility Criteria for LSAMP Program

You must meet the followings:

    • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Be pursuing your first baccalaureate degree
    • Be an individual who has faced or faces social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM
    • Freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors at CSU, Fresno can apply
    • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate major in a STEM discipline i.e. Eligible majors:
        • agricultural sciences, biology/life sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science/geosciences, mathematics, and physics

Undergraduate Application Procedure:

  • Download the proper application form (new student application) from the LSAMP application website.
  • Complete the application form by following instructions carefully and return to program office located in the Science I Building in Room 100 as early as possible.
  • If you have questions, please call (559) 278-4748 or email liliad@csufresno.edu.


nsflogoCSU-LSAMP is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant #HRD-1302873 and the Chancellor's Office of the California State University. 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 or the Chancellor's Office of the CSU.