Eligibility & Requirements

Details about eligibility and requirements for the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.


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To be eligible for the research program, applicants must be:

  • pursuing a bachelor's degree in the following STEM disciplines: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy, or technology areas associated with the preceding fields (e.g., biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology)
  • a US citizen or permanent resident at one of the aforementioned institutions (A-1 Visa holders are not considered permanent residents by the NSF)
  • in good academic standing

Students concurrently enrolled in research coursework for academic credit are not eligible for the financial award.

Students receiving financial support for concurrent research are not eligible for the financial award.

Preferential consideration to:

  • members of racial and ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines. All students are welcome to apply.

If you do not have a pre-selected faculty mentor we will attempt to match you based on your discipline. However, we cannot guarantee placement.

Requirements of the Program

  • Engage in research with distinguished STEM faculty within the University System of Maryland for five weeks (30 or more hours each week outside of LSAMP events) beginning June 2024. (Research appointments can last longer than six weeks at the discretion of the research mentor and undergraduate).
  • Attend VIRTUAL orientation session.
  • Attend weekly virtual and in-person programming sessions.
  • Present a research poster and/or a give a presentation of the project results at the USM LSAMP Research Symposium and possibly other presentation opportunities.
  • Submit a culminating reflection at the conclusion of the research experience.
  • Submit a photo of yourself in the lab / workspace.
  • Students are also encouraged to present at the Summer Undergraduate Research Fest (SURF) at UMBC, Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) at UMBC or the Annual Research Symposium at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Bridges.

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