The LSAMP-BD Program

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program

California State University, Los Angeles
NSF Grant HRD-1026102-518741

LSAMP-BD: The Strong Alternative Route to the PhD
There are a variety of circumstances where a student interested in establishing a career at the highest levels of science, mathematics, or engineering may need to earn the MS before beginning a PhD program. California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) offer exceptional opportunities for students in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, geology, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, computer science, biology and microbiology to first earn the MS at Cal State LA, and then the PhD at top research institutions throughout the country.

If you are interested and serious about in earning the PhD, Cal State LA and the NSF invite you to join us in jump-starting your career with a two-year, research-intensive MS through the University's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridges to the Doctorate (LSAMP-BD). Cal State LA offers Master of Science degree programs that are among the strongest on the West Coast. You will be well prepared for success in top PhD programs by the two-year Cal State LA MS degree.

What does the LSAMP-BD program offer?
  • A well-structured program of academics, research, and workshops, including preparation for enhanced GRE performance
  • Participation in national and international professional conferences
  • Funds for research supplies
  • A stipend of $30,000/year for two years
  • Payment of tuition and fees, and supplemental health insurance

What are the minimum requirements for eligibility?
  • You participated in an Alliance for Minority Participation project on your undergraduate campus
  • You plan to earn the PhD (NOT medical, dental, or pharmacy degrees)
  • You will be enrolled as an MS student at California State University, Los Angeles for the Fall of 20011. There is still time to apply and be admitted.
  • You have earned a BS in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, geology, engineering, mathematics, biology, microbiology or a related field
  • You are a US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (2.7 in exceptional cases) in your last 90 quarter (or 60 semester) units. We expect you will complete the MS with a 3.5 GPA.
  • The GRE. We use the GRE as an indicator of your interest in pursuing the PhD. No particular score is required. The GRE may be taken after the application is submitted, but before an interview is granted

How do I apply?

Apply by March 1, 2011. You must apply to the LSAMP BD program and the University separately.Contact the Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Programs Office [ or call us at (323) 343-2395] for guidance or additional information. The online application is avaialable at LSAMP-BD application.

To learn more about our research faculty, please follow these links: MORE Programs Research Faculty and CEA-CREST Research Faculty.

Bridge to the Doctorate, Cohort VIII is contingent upon supplemental funding to grant
HRD-1026102-518741 by the National Science Foundation

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