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Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation



Overview of CSU-LSAMP Fresno State

The LSAMP program supports comprehensive attention to those processes and factors that promote baccalaureate attainment, preparation for graduate study, and preparation for successful careers by students within alliances.  

Undergraduate LSAMP program activities include:

Academic and Career Advisement

The purpose of LSAMP is to assist current or prospective Fresno State students in the academic path to achieve their goals through advising and the locating of a STEM advisor on campus.         

It is required that all program students meet with their faculty advisor at least once per academic year and complete the  Faculty Academic Advising Form, but it is HIGHLY recommended that you meet your advisor each semester. Submit your advising verification form to the LSAMP office once you and your advisor have signed it.

Applying to Graduate School Helpful Links:

  • Grad school “how-to” YouTube videos published by UC Berkeley. Topics include: personal statement writing, financing graduate school, engineering Ph.D. student panel, etc.


  • Prepare for Graduate School Fresno State Career Development. Topics include: Is graduate school right for you, finding graduate programs, personal statement, financing graduate school, etc. 


Other important links to assist in progress toward graduation and academics:

Peer Mentoring

Peer mentors are an important component of LSAMP. Peer mentors implement retention activities, assist with career and educational planning, and coordinate with the program coordinator to implement peer mentoring for first year students.

It is also important to acknowledge that peer mentors are one of the primary LSAMP representatives responsible for interacting with students and for assisting students in dealing with the transition to the university.                             

Academic Excellence Workshops

Spring Tutoring

Join in Chem 1B

Join Wesley on Thursdays for Chem 1B


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Join Alyssa on Fridays for Chem 128B

Spring 2021 AEW

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Chem 128B

Academic excellence workshops are regularly held, weekly meetings (2 to 4 hours) to support excellence in foundation courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering, or other technical subjects. Participants engage in structured activities that develop communications skills of students, their ability to work with others, and their mastery of the contents.

Participants develop the bonds that create an academic community among the participants and create self-directed learners.

The AEWs are traditionally led by an upper division student who is referred to as the Facilitator and is who is proficient in the subject matter.

Through grade comparisons it has been shown that students who attend the AEWs will generally perform better in the corresponding course.

Student Meetings

LSAMP student meetings are held once per semester. The meetings provide a forum for students to network and gather information pertaining to research, conferences, campus activities and other opportunities.

If you missed the meeting and would like to review the agenda please see Lilia DeLaCerda.

Research Program 

LSAMP students have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research with a Fresno State faculty member

Participants historically have received Research Trainee payment up to $1,500  for participating during the summer and an additional $1,500  during the academic year component.

Contact Lilia De La Cerda for application and details.

Previous students have shared the following:

  • "It was a great experience and I wish every student could participate."
  • "This opportunity has helped to open my eyes to the world of scientific research and the possibilities that present themselves once an answer to a question is sought."

Academic and Career Advisement

GRE Preparation

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in 8 specific fields of study and is often required for admission into graduate degree programs. 

The current fee for the GRE General is $205.

GRE Fee Reduction InformationEducational Testing Services (ETS) administers the GRE and offers GRE Fee Reduction for test takers with financial need. Complete the forms found on the ETS GRE link above in order to request a reduction in the fee. If approved, your fee may be reduced up to 50 percent. 

ETS can take up to two weeks from when your Fee Reduction Form is received to contact you regarding your fee reduction request.

LSAMP may provide students with GRE preparation assistance for program students.

For more information contact Lilia at the CSU-LSAMP Fresno State office at (559) 278-4748 for further details.

Other useful resources:

Test Prep Resources

Other Test Pre Resources

Travel Funds for Conferences

The CSU-LSAMP program at Fresno State provides travel funds for students to present their research at a professional conference, or to attend a professional conference. In order to be eligible for these funds, students must fill out the LSAMP Travel Request Form or in a few cases special travel applications for SACNAS and ERN conferences.

If interested in requesting travel funds, complete the following three forms and submit to LSAMP office:

  1. Request for event/conference and travel funds reimbursement
  2. Travel/Conference Reimbursement Agreement
  3. Release of Liability Form
  4. Citation Examples for publication, poster, oral presentations (see Lilia for examples)

Funding/reimbursement contingent upon funds available.

International Activities

The LSAMP program encourages students to apply to an international research program in countries such as France, Costa Rica or Thailand. Information regarding these programs will be posted on the website routinely and emailed to the students.

Student Study Area - NEW AREA in Science 1 room 101!

The LSAMP office offers students study areas and computers located in Science 1 room 101. If you need a place to study, a place to meet with other students or check your email, please feel free to stop by.

There is also a refrigerator and microwave available for students.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Hours: M-F 7:00 am - 3:30 pm