The CSU-LSAMP program is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF grant # HRD-1302873), the CSU Office of the Chancellor, and the 22 participating CSU campuses. The goal of this program is to increase the number of targeted students who graduate with degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) disciplines. The targeted students are individuals who have faced or face social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM.
Several strategies are employed to meet this goal including encouraging participation in academic year workshops in key "gatekeeper" courses, assistance with admission to graduate schools (GRE workshops, application help, fee waivers, etc.) and funds to attend research conferences. The capstone activity is an independent research experience with a faculty member at CSUF for which the students can receive a scholarship and/or course credit.
At CSUF there are two different classifications within LSAMP: Research Scholar and Participant. The academic year for LSAMP begins September 1st and closes August 31st of the following year. Applications for participants are accepted year round. The classifications are defined below:
Participant : This individual is a part of LSAMP and can also be funded by another undergraduate research program at CSUF. This individual does not receive any funding for conducting research and is not required to perform research. We hope that participants can eventually move to become a funded research student.
Research Scholar : During the academic year, the research commitment is a minimum of 8-10 hours per week with additional expectations and requirements that vary each semester. The research student can receive a research scholarship up to $4,000 per year.
For additional details on requirements and expectations, please visit the application page.