Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)


California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU LSAMP)

The California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) is a CSU wide academic support program that is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation and the CSU Chancellor's office. As a Professional Preparation Emphasis program, the goals of LSAMP at SF State are to 1) increase the number of students who graduate with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, targeting those who face or have faced social, educational or economic barriers to careers in STEM and 2) to provide resources to make such students more competitive applicants to STEM PhD programs.

In the LSAMP program at SF State, we employ several strategies to meet this goal including:

  • A Textbook Reimbursement Program*: LSAMP participants can receive partial reimbursement for eligible textbooks each academic year.
  • Research Support*: LSAMP participants who are conducting research with an SF State STEM faculty member can receive a stipend to help in research activities and attending scientific conferences.
  • Professional Training*: LSAMP participants can also participate in a series of workshops focused on developing skills that will better prepare you for a research career. The workshops focus on topics such as communicating your science to various audiences, developing presentation skills, learning how to read the scientific literature--all skills anyone who aspires to be a successful scientist will have to master.
  • Other opportunities*: There are also opportunities available through the CSU state-wide network.

*Restrictions and limitations apply. Please contact Dr. Fuse (fuse@sfsu.edu), the SF State Campus Coordinator, for details.

How to Apply 

Step 1 - Review eligibility guidelines below. 


In order to be considered for the LSAMP program, a student must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be an undergraduate enrolled at SF State (the program does not fund graduate students)
  • be a declared STEM major with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better
  • be an individual who has faced or faces social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM
  • complete the 2023-2024 CSU-LSAMP Application Qualtrics Survey

Step 2 - Complete a 2023-2024 CSU-LSAMP Membership Application Qualtrics Survey (click here)

*This is a prestigious award that should be highlighted on your resume or CV. Once accepted, this award is good for the entirety of your undergraduate degree, but you must reapply in the fall of each school year.*

Step 3 - Once you’ve received your membership award letter, complete your RCR Training and submit your certification using the instructions below.  You will only need to complete this training ONCE during your undergraduate career. 

Interested in applying for funding? Complete your RCR Training!

Much of LSAMP’s funding comes from the National Science Foundation, which requires that recipients complete RCR training. This is important for future scientists to understand the ethics of their research. You will be required to do the following to receive your funding eventually:

Step 4 - Once you’ve completed and submitted your RCR Training certificate, you are welcome to apply for stipends and reimbursement requests using the forms below.  


  • Stipend Application (PDF)
    After LSAMP Application approval, LSAMP participants are eligible to receive financial support for research projects that are supervised by SF State faculty. Complete the stipend application for this benefit.
  • Reimbursement Request (PDF)
    LSAMP participants are eligible to be reimbursed for textbooks, partial travel, conference fees and GRE fees. Use the Reimbursement Request to request this support. Reimbursement requests must be accompanied by original receipts with the student's name and final four digits of the card or account that is used.

Step 5 - Submit! After completing stipend and/or reimbursement request form(s), please email the document(s) to lsamp@sfsu.edu

Questions? Contact us @ lsamp@sfsu.edu


CSU-LSAMP is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant CSU/NSF #HRD-1826490 and the Chancellor's Office of the California State University. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the Chancellor's Office of the CSU.