CSU-LSAMP at Cal Poly

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM


The California State University-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) is a statewide program dedicated to broadening the participation of underrepresented minority (URM) students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The LSAMP program is designed to support undergraduate students who face or have faced social, educational, and/or economic barriers to careers in STEM fields*. The program also aims to significantly increase the persistence and quantity of underrepresented minority students who successfully complete a baccalaureate degree program in STEM fields.

CSU-LSAMP Program Goals

In summary, the primary goals of CSU-LSAMP are to:

  1. Enhance the academic and professional preparation of CSU-LSAMP participants for careers in STEM;
  2. Improve persistence and graduation rates for CSU-LSAMP participants;
  3. Increase aggregate production of STEM degrees awarded by the CSU to URM students;
  4. Increase the number of CSU-LSAMP students who advance to STEM graduate study.

Cal Poly's LSAMP Program

Cal Poly’s LSAMP program aims to increase the participation of LSAMP students in high impact practices (such as paid undergraduate research experiences) to foster a stronger connection to campus, promote greater learning, improve retention rates, and yield faster and higher graduation rates. LSAMP also strives to expand on the populations currently served.

CSU-LSAMP Impact at Cal Poly​

LSAMP Program Benefits

The Cal Poly LSAMP Program provides financial support & assistance, advising, networking & community building, professional development, and various other opportunities for its students. The following are a few of the many resources our LSAMP Program provides:

Financial Support & Assistance

  • Assistance Finding Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships, Paid Research, & Other Funding Opportunities
  • Financial Support for Educational Activities Designed to Enhance Students' Undergraduate Careers and/or Prepare Students for Graduate School


  • Graduate School Planning
  • Finding Undergraduate Research Experiences
  • Campus Connections
  • Career Development

Networking & Community Building

  • STEM Students for Social Change Events
  • Student & Faculty/Staff Networking Events
  • Annual LSAMP Year-End Celebration Dinner

Professional Development

  • Annual California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Conference Presentations & Attendance
  • Workshops & Other Events

Additional Information

For more information on the CSU-LSAMP program, feel free to visit the CSU-LSAMP Statewide Office website.

*Although the project's goals and anticipated outcomes are stated in terms of improving Under Represented Minority (URM) participation in STEM, it is important to emphasize that CSU-LSAMP does not limit participation to URM students or provide URM students preference in admission.

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CSU-LSAMP at Cal Poly is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-1826490 and the CSU Chancellor's Office, and coordinated by the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education (CESAME) at Cal Poly, SLO. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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