Summer Research Program

The LSAMP Summer Research Program is a National Science Foundation initiative to increase enrollments of minority populations and under-served students within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research fields. The Summer Research Program will be conducted as a cohort and in conjunction with the NIH-sponsored Bridges to the Baccalaureate program.

Application

Applications are now closed for funding in the 2019-2020 academic year. Please contact us for information about the next application cycle.

You may apply to the general LSAMP program at any time.

Additional Components Needed

Applicants will also need the additional components for a completed application. If you did not upload the Personal Statement and Unofficial CSULB Transcripts in the application form, please email them to Cynthia.Alarcon@csulb.edu.

Personal Statement: your personal statement and brief description of your research project should be two pages or less, and must include the following:

  • your name
  • why you are applying to the LSAMP program
  • name of your faculty mentor
  • number of years or months you have worked in the lab/field
  • research topic and your interest in the project
  • what your future goals are, and how would LSAMP help you achieve those goals

Unofficial CSULB Transcripts: your unofficial CSULB transcripts can be accessed in MyCSULB.

Letter of Recommendation: We require one (1) letter of recommendation. This recommendation should be from your faculty research mentor. The person you list as a recommender will be sent an auto-generated email with a link to the online recommendation form.

It is your responsibility to make sure they receive the email and submit the requested materials on time. If your recommender did not receive an email with the link to the online recommendation form, you may give them this link:

Benefits and Responsibilities

Students accepted in the LSAMP Summer Research Program will:

  • Conduct research with a faculty member.
    You will conduct research with a CSULB faculty member for eight weeks during the summer.
  • Receive a stipend.
    You receive a stipend (money) for doing research with a faculty mentor. Your faculty mentor will receive money for supplies.
  • Enhance applications to graduate programs.
    This program will help you become a competitive candidate for graduate programs (Master's or Ph.D.) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Continue on as a Research Fellow.
    If qualified, and pending faculty mentor approval, you may be eligible to continue into the academic year in the Fellows Research Program.

While in the program, you are required to attend all LSAMP Summer Research Program activities. These activities include professional development workshops, information on graduate programs, and the summer research symposium. After you have completed the program, we ask only one thing: update us on your graduate/professional placement. This allows us to see how successful the program has been and make improvements for future cohorts.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled at CSULB as an undergraduate student (post-baccalaureate/second bachelor students are not eligible)
  • Declared major in science, math, engineering, or computer science (STEM majors)
  • 2.5 overall GPA minimum, 3.0 GPA in major preferred
  • Facing or have faced social, cultural, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (documentation may be required)
  • Interested in pursuing graduate degrees in the STEM disciplines

Contact LSAMP

Cynthia Alarcón

Please include your student ID number in email correspondence.