Undergraduate LSAMP

LSAMP Undergraduate Program

The LSAMP Undergraduate Program offers various activities and benefits throughout the year. Once a student's initial application is approved, the student is responsible for submitting a continuing application each academic year. In order to continue receiving benefits of the LSAMP Undergraduate program, participants must:

(1) retain a declared, eligible STEM major (as listed in the CSULA-LSAMP program information sheet)

(2) file an updated academic plan and information sheet for the new budget year

(3) participate in one or more LSAMP activities throughout the budget year including summer; and

(4) attend at least two LSAMP-approved seminars per quarter (if they want to receive early registration.)

Program Activities

Pre-Calculus/Calculus Boot Camp & BREEZE Workshops

During the summer, the CSU-LSAMP program @ CSULA offers two types of non-AY activities in science, engineering and mathematics (SEM) courses: The Pre-Calculus Boot Camp and the September BREEZE. The Pre-Calculus Boot Camp, held in August, is designed for new incoming STEM freshmen and transfer students as well as continuing STEM students, who based on the Entry Level Math (ELM) test or performance in other math courses, placed in a math course that is either below or at the level of pre-calculus. Students are given the pre-calculus exit exams by the campus Testing Center, and are required to enroll in whichever math course they place into (pre-calculus or calculus I) in fall quarter.

During the 3 weeks prior to the start of fall quarter in the month of September, the CSU-LSAMP program @ CSULA runs the September BREEZE. During the 3-week break prior to the start of winter quarter in the month of December, the December BREEZE is run. The two BREEZE programs focus on the critical course materials that have created roadblocks to student success in SEM courses that LSAMP students take in fall or winter quarter. In science, September BREEZE is offered for BIOL 100A, 100C, 300, and 340; CHEM 101, 103, 291A, 301 and 362; PHYS 101 and 211; December BREEZE is offered for BIOL 100A, 100B, 300, 340, and 380; CHEM 101, 102, 291B and 362; PHYS 102, 211, 212. In engineering, September BREEZE is offered for CE/ME 211, CE 360, EE 204, EE 304, ME/CE 205, ME 326A, CS 203, and CS 312; December BREEZE is offered for ME 326B. In math, both September and December BREEZE are offered for the 3 levels of pre-calculus (MATH 104AB and 105), 6 levels of calculus (MATH 204-209), MATH 215, 255, and 325. The Boot Camp and BREEZE workshops meet daily for 4-6 hours depending on the course.

Academic Excellence Workshops

The CSU-LSAMP program @ CSULA currently supports development of workshops in all of the major lower division and upper division SEM gatekeeper courses. In science, these courses include BIOL 100ABC, BIOL 300, BIOL 340, BIOL 380, CHEM 101-102-103, CHEM 362, CHEM 291AB, CHEM 301, CHEM 431ABC, PHYS 101-102-103, and PHYS 211-212-213. In engineering and computer science, these courses include CE/ME 201, CS 290, CE/ME 303, CS 312, ME 326AB, and EE 304. In math, these courses include MATH 104AB, 105, 204, 205, 206, 206, 208, 209, 215, 255, 325, 457, and 474. 

Textbook Loaner Program

The CSU-LSAMP program @ CSULA provides loaner materials to students who show significant need for textbooks and study materials for STEM classes taken throughout the academic year and AY workshops for specific SEM courses. Students can sign out these materials for a quarter on a first-come, first-serve basis after consideration of level of participation in LSAMP activities and attendance at workshops and other meetings. Failure to return the material in the same condition as checked out results in the loss of early registration for the following quarter.

LSAMP Undergraduate Research Training Program

The CSU-LSAMP program @ CSULA will be offering the LSAMP Undergraduate Research Training Program again during this upcoming academic year. This research training program is designed to prepare students for entry level research positions either on campus or within a company. Students will be trained on proposal and budget development, oral and poster presentation skills, and more importantly on hands-on research in their field of interest. Students will be participating in all three components throughout the academic year (i.e. Fall , Winter and Spring Quarter). Also during the course of this program, students will be expected to apply to national or international summer research programs or internships to further expand their skill set.

Travel Awards

The CSU-LSAMP program @ CSULA provides travel funds for students to present their research at a professional conference, or to attend a professional conference. In order to be eligible for these funds, students must fill out the LSAMP Travel Request Form or in a few cases special travel applications for SACNAS and ERN conferences.

International Activities

The CSU-LSAMP program @ CSULA encourages students to apply to an international research program in countries such as England, Hungary, Ireland, Brazil, Costa Rica, Belize, Chile or Thailand. Information regarding these programs will be posted on the website routinely and emailed to the students.

Graduate School Preparation Activities

The CSU-LSAMP program @ CSULA holds various workshops throughout the year which focus on preparing students for graduate school. These graduate school preparation workshops and other meetings are generally one to two hours, may include guest speakers, and will focus on topics such as (a) the process of applying to graduate school and suggestions on how to make it less stressful; (b) tips for putting together a “strong” application; (c) tips on choosing the right graduate program; (d) the graduate school interviewing process and peer reviews; (e) the type of commitment it will take to complete a graduate program; (f) the challenges of choosing a mentor for your graduate research; (g) other challenges you may face during your graduate studies; (h) how to pay for your graduate education; (i) graduate school funding sources; (j) the GRE; (k) what constitutes great letters of recommendation and how to get good letters; (l) networking at professional conferences; (m) how to write a quality abstract; (n) how to get your research published; (o) how to give quality oral presentations; and (p) how to give quality poster presentations. Prior to major national conferences, students will have the opportunity to deliver their presentations at one or more of our meetings.

LSAMP Academic and Career Advisement

In addition to the advisement you receive from your major department, the CSU-LSAMP program @ CSULA provides additional support in terms of academic progress and career directions and decisions in STEM. If you have questions about career directions or decisions in STEM, with the help of the Career Center we will provide support for testing and determination of career directions. There are specific actions that each class level (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior) should complete to successfully pursue a STEM career. If you encounter academic dificulties in your STEM major, we strongly encourage you to meet with one of the LSAMP coordinators. LSAMP can help track your progress to graduation and find assistance for you along the way. Meeting with an LSAMP advisor will ensure you are making academic progress toward not only gradution, but also your desired career goal. If you need to meet with one of the LSAMP Program Coordinators, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Jefferson or Dr. Yamazaki via Appointment-Plus (https://www.appointment-plus.com/login.php). Choose the LSAMP Program Advisement Plan Development session for the type of session.

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