Graduate LSAMP

LSAMP Bridges to the Doctorate (BD) Program



Participating students will focus on activities that will enhance their preparation for PhD studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). LSAMP-BD Program at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) includes completion of a Master of Science degree and entrance into a PhD program in a STEM discipline. LSAMP-BD fellows are expected to complete the Master of Science degree in science, mathematics or engineering within 24 months. At the start of each new, NSF-funded CSU LSAMP-BD program, a cohort of 12 students are selected. The CSU-LSAMP Program Oversight Committee determines which CSU campus will be the performance site for each LSAMP-BD program. Currently CSULA has been designated the performance site for Cohort XI, which began Fall Quarter 2014 and ends Summer Quarter 2016 and Cohort XII, which began Fall Quarter 2015 and ends Summer Quarter 2017. It is expected that LSAMP-BD Cohort XI Fellows will begin PhD programs by Fall Quarter 2016, while LSAMP-BD Cohort XII Fellows will begin PhD programs by Fall Quarter 2017. Program activities are designed to ensure that each LSAMP-BD fellow:

  • pursues a rigorous curriculum of graduate study leading to a MS degree in a STEM discipline in two years;
  • participates in a project of original research and acquires the skills required to communicate the outcomes in written and oral formats [written thesis, publication(s) in peer-reviewed journal(s), presentation(s) at national scientific conferences, presentation at departmental seminar or other on-campus program functions];
  • receives intense advising, mentoring and academic support necessary to become a confident and successful graduate student; and
  • achieves competitive scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general & subject tests to support acceptance into a high quality PhD program.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the LSAMP-BD research fellowship, you must (1) have been a participant in an LSAMP (also called CAMP or AMP) program at your undergraduate institution and (2) have applied to and been accepted for admissions to the CSU, Los Angeles Graduate School and to the specific department in which you intend to receive the Master of Science degree. Please note, some departments have very specific deadlines for receipt of your application.

Program Benefits

• Full graduate tuition and fees for two years towards completion of a MS degree in a STEM discipline 
• $32,000 per year stipend + $10,500 in tuition, fees, travel, supplies and professional development activities
• Mentorship training 
• Support in applying to STEM PhD programs


The funding for the CSULA LSAMP-BD program is provided by the National Science Foundation under Grant # HRD-1363399 and HRD-1463889.