Initiated in 1994, with support from the National Science Foundation, the California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) Program is a comprehensive statewide project dedicated to increasing the number of students who have faced or faces social, educational or economic barriers graduating from campuses of the California State University with baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
The CSU-LSAMP Alliance, with NSF support, was initiated among 16 campuses and has gradually expanded to include all 23 full-service comprehensive universities in the CSU. In Phase I (1994-1998) and Phase II (1998-2003), San Francisco State University served as the Alliance's lead institution. California State University, Sacramento served as lead institution for the Phase III project period (2003-2008) and continues to serve as the lead institution for Senior level (2008-2013).
To broaden participation of LSAMP students in graduate study, CSU-LSAMP has also established Bridge to the Doctorate supplemental activities at San Francisco State University and California State University Los Angeles during Phase III and will plans to include California State University Los Angeles, Northridge and Cal Poly Pomona as the Bridge to the Doctorate sites during Senior Level CSU-LSAMP.
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
- 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
- CSU-LSAMP Statewide Recognitions
- 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.