California State University – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) is a comprehensive, statewide program dedicated to broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of the CSU Chancellor. Initiated in 1993-94, the CSU-LSAMP Alliance currently consists of all 23 campuses of the CSU. The types of activities offered to support each objective (listed below) have consistently been shown to facilitate the retention and progression of underrepresented minority (URM )students in STEM, and represent a set of well-established "best practices." In the current Senior Phase (internally known as Phase V), substantial emphasis has been placed on engaging students in research activities and on activities designed to enhance graduate school preparedness. CSU, Los Angeles (CSULA) currently has one of the largest LSAMP programs with over 550 students participating each year.

LSAMP Informational Videos

A project of the California State University - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP), supported by HRD-0802628.
Principal Investigator/Executive Producer: Juanita C. Barrena, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento
Co-Producer/Project Director: Michaeline J. Veden, M.A., Assistant Director, Academic Technology and Creative Services, California State University, Sacramento
Co-Producer/Director/Writer: Keith Rogers, Special Consultant, Academic Technology and Creative Services, California State University, Sacramento
Produced through the facilities of Academic Technology and Creative Services, California State University, Sacramento

LSAMP: Aiming High and Making a Difference 

This video tells the story of the Louis Stokes Alianace 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 interviewd for the production. Although this video is suitable for student audiences, it is intended primarily for an audience that includes University leaders, STEM educators, policy makers, and others who are positioned to promote and support efforts to meet the nation's need for a diverse and able STEM workforce.

Becoming a Scientist or Engineer: Your pathway to the Future with LSAMP

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.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be pursuing your first baccalaureate degree
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate major in a STEM discipline (see next section for eligible majors)
  • Be an individual who has faced or faces social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM
  • Freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors at CSULA can apply
  • Complete the appropriate application each year and have a digital photo taken

Eligibile Majors

Program Activities
Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • Summer Bridge Programs  in Science, Engineering,  and Mathematics
  • Academic Excellence Workshops (AEW) in Science, Engineering, or Mathematics
  • BREEZE Workshops (intense quarter break workshops) in Science, Engineering, or Mathematics
  • Attend an LSAMP Essentials Meeting
  • Orientation Programs 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
  • Any 2 ADDITIONAL seminars Attended will count toward 1 LSAMP Activity
  • CSU-LSAMP Statewide Recognitions

Undergraduate Application Procedure

  • Download the proper application form (new student application or continuing student application from the LSAMP website (www.calstatela.edu/lsamp).
  • Complete the application form by following instructions carefully and return to program office as early as possible.
  • If you have questions,  please call (323) 343-2095 or email lsamp@calstatela.edu.

Program Benefits
  • Early registration – you get to register for your classes early if you respond to the LSAMP email request.
  • 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
  • Textbook loaner program – students can borrow various textbooks each quarter for various STEM classes
  • 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.


CSU LSAMP and CSU LSAMP-BD is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #s HRD-1302873, HRD-1363399, HRD-1463889 and the CSU Office of the Chancellor.