Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minortiy 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

In order to receive funds, first apply to be a CSU LSAMP participant using the application form 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 a 2022-2023 CSU-LSAMP application (This is a fillable PDF. Please download it and type in your responses.)


  • Application (PDF)
    A current LSAMP Application must be submitted and approved before one can take advantage of LSAMP benefits.
  • 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.
  • Travel Request Form (PDF)


After completing the application, stipend and/or reimbursement request form(s), please email the document(s) to emendales@sfsu.edu.

Once accepted as a particiapant, this award is good for the entirety of your undergraduate degree, but you must reapply in the fall of each school year.


CSU-LSAMP is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant #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.