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Alliance for Minority Participation

Thank you for your interest in the San Jose State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP).  CSU-LSAMP is funded by the National Science Foundation, an agency of the Federal Government, The CSU Chancellor’s Office and SJSU.  The program is managed by the State-Wide Office at CSU Sacramento. 


Over 250 SJSU science and engineering majors are LSAMP students making SJSU the fifth largest LSAMP Program in the CSU systemThe current distribution of students is:

36% are female;

67% are engineering majors and 33% are science majors

27% are African American, 68% are Hispanic and 3% are Native

             American/Pacific Islander.


             The specific objectives of LSAMP are listed below.


1)  Continue to enhance student performance, success, and retention in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, as well as maintain or increase baccalaureate degree production;


2) Facilitate the transition of community college students in their first year of transfer to a CSU campus through activities that improve the retention rates of transfer students;


3) Continue to enhance student interest in research and careers in STEM, as well as enhance the global awareness of CSU-LSAMP students;


4) Increase the number of students who are admitted to graduate programs and obtain doctoral degrees in STEM; and


5) Document, disseminate, and replicate undergraduate intervention models that increase access to, and success in, STEM baccalaureate degree programs and facilitate undergraduate admissions to STEM graduate programs. 


Historically, LSAMP students who enter CSU as freshman have higher continuation rates and 6-year graduation rates than any other cohort (including non-LSAMP STEM students and majority STEM students).  Also 1st and 2nd year retention rates of LSAMP STEM students are higher than those of White and Asian STEM students.



        To be considered a member of  LSAMP  a student must satisfy all the requirements below.


              Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident;

             Be enrolled at a participating campus in an undergraduate major in                   a STEM discipline;

Be an individual who has faced or faces social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM;


Complete a CSU-LSAMP application.


LSAMP Activities

        All the activities below are managed through LSAMP.  Some are fully funded with LSAMP funds while others receive additional funding assistance from NIH MARC and NIH RISE Programs. 


1) Academic Excellence Workshops (Sci 1)

             Workshops are organized collaborative study time associated with selected courses that are facilitated by students who have excelled in the courses. We typically offer 22 workshops per semester covering the following courses:  Chem 1A/B, Chem 112A/B, Chem 135, Phys 2A/B, Phys 50/51, Math 32, Math 133 and EE98.  Workshop participation is voluntary.  We open registration for workshops after the first day of school.

             Since Fall 2006 489 students have participated in the workshop for Chem 1A.  These students averaged a 2.5 GPA in the course (B-/C+) and 90% of them completed Chem 1A with a grade of C– or better.  An additional 1,732 students also completed Chem 1A and did NOT participate in workshops.  These students averaged a 1.75 GPA in the course (C-) and only 63% of them obtained a C– or higher grade for the course.

             Additional funding from SJSU’s NIH MARC and NIH RISE Programs allow us to offer a greater variety of workshops and additional sections.  Without funding from these groups LSAMP would only be able to fund 4 workshops a semester.


2) Summer Pre-Calculus Review/Intro

        The Summer Pre-Calc Program is a two to three weeks introduction/review of Pre-calculus to help incoming and freshmen students do well in SJSU math placement tests and courses.  The program is typically offered in the first weeks of July.  This summer the program starts on July 6th, 2009.

             Students who participate in this course typically improve their scores on the Math Placement test by as much as 20 points out of a total 55, with over 85% passing the test. 

             The NIH RISE Program at SJSU is a co-sponsor of this program.


3) Summer Chem 1A Preparatory Course

        The Chem 1A Prep Course is a two week introduction to general chemistry and high school chemistry review to help students adapt to college and to Chem 1A.  The program is typically offered in the last two weeks of July.  This summer the program starts on July 20th, 2009.

             Students who actively and consistently participate in the course, attending the  afternoon study section, have a success rate of over 90% (C- or better) in Chem 1A,   compared to about a 60-65% success rate for those not in the prep course.

             The NIH RISE Program at SJSU is a co-sponsor of this program.


4) Graduate School Preparation Seminar

        The Graduate School Preparation Seminar meets on Fridays from 12:30—2:00 PM during the Fall semester.  Activities are designed to help students consider graduate degrees in STEM fields and include:  GRE information, visits from recruiters and faculty from STEM graduate programs, discussions on letters of recommendation, personal statements, research opportunities on and off campus and timelines for applications to graduate programs. 


             LSAMP also sponsors summer and academic year STEM research.  We are currently exploring the possibility of offering short training classes on selected technologies such as spectroscopy and bioinformatics.



For more information or to apply to be an LSAMP student visit Dr. Karen Singmaster in DH 16 in the basement of Duncan Hall or email her at ksingmaster@jupiter.sjsu.edu






LSAMP is funded by the National Science Foundation, an agency of the Federal Government (Grant No. HRD-0802628).


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.



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