Undergraduate Research Opportunity for Minority Students


An Unofficial Guide by Philip Ording (pording at mec dot cuny dot edu)

October 19, 2009 (Last update: April 18, 2011)

For official information go to or contact the campus LSAMP coordinator.

Student Requirements:

* Full time student

* U.S. citizens or permanent residents

* Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native or Native Pacific Islander

* Majoring in a STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline

* B average or better in STEM courses

* Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0


Application Procedure:


1. Register with LSAMP online at if you haven't already

2. Discuss project objective and description with mentor

3. Complete online application:

Login to

Roll mouse over “NYC-LSAMP” tab on upper right; go down to “NYC-LSAMP

Applications” and select “NYC-LSAMP Undergraduate”

            Complete all parts of the application

4. Bring to your campus LSAMP coordinator a copy of each of the

            * Transcript

            * Social Security card

* Proof of U.S. Citizenship (passport or birth certificate) or Permanent Resident status

  (Green card)

5. Discuss and sign mentor's endorsement

6. If you receive award letter, make sure you and your mentor sign and return it promptly

7. Submit updated transcripts as required

8. Attend LSAMP orientation (even if you are still awaiting acceptance letter)


1. Register with LSAMP online at if you haven't already

2. Discuss project objective and description with student

3. Complete endorsement form with student and bring to your campus LSAMP coordinator

4. Check that student has successfully submitted all paperwork by early May

5. Check that student receives award letter, sign letter and have student sign and send

LSAMP Personnel

Rita Barley

Medgar Evers College LSAMP coordinator

Email: rita [dot] barley [at] gmail [dot] com


Room C415 Mon, Wed 10am-5pm and Thu 2-8pm

Dr. Claude Brathwaite

LSAMP Project Administrator

LSAMP Program Office

City College

Marshak – J14

Tel: 212-650-8854

Fax: 212-650-8855

Project Responsibilities


Time commitment:

Summer: 25-30 hours per week for 10 weeks

Semester: 12-15 hours per week for 14 weeks 

Update transcripts with campus LSAMP coordinator as needed

Attend LSAMP student workshops (often at City College)

Send weekly project updates to campus LSAMP coordinator

Submit project abstract on line

Present preliminary report in City College workshop

Prepare poster presentation

Prepare powerpoint presentation

Submit final report to LSAMP central office



Hold regular meetings with student throughout the semester or summer

Approve student work (abstract, poster, report) prior to submission




What are the dates of the summer research program?

Mid June to late August.


What is the deadline for applications?

Applications should be completed and submitted at least two weeks prior to the end of the semester before the research project is planned to begin. Under special circumstances, applications may be accepted at a later date.

How much do students get paid?

The amount of the stipend ranges from $1000-$5000 and depends on the number of academic credits that the student has completed at the time of applying. See the application for details.  

How do students get paid?

Students should expect to receive half their stipend in the middle of the research and the balance upon completion of the project. Checks are sent out in the mail, unless students make arrangements to pick up the check from the LSAMP office at City College.


Do faculty get paid for mentoring students?

No. Research expenses (books, etc.) will be reimbursed up to $250 per student. The faculty mentor must provide the campus LSAMP coordinator with receipts. Taxes will not be reimbursed; to obtain a tax-exemption certificate contact the Research Foundation.


Where can a student print his or her poster?

See the campus LSAMP coordinator for access to a poster printer. Be sure to prepare your poster for printing at least 1 week in advance of the date you need it. It is recommended that you save your poster on a flash drive as a PDF document.


Can students work together on the same project?

Yes, so long as each student is responsible for his or her own piece of the project. Each student must submit his or her own project, report and poster at the end of the term.


How much time should students expect to spend doing research?

Students are expected to put in 25-30 hours per week for 10 weeks during the summer or 15 hours per week in semester. Part, though not all, of these hours are to be spent with the student mentor.


When are the student's report, abstract and poster due?

A preliminary abstract is due in the first week, a preliminary report in the middle of the term. Final report and poster within two weeks of the end of the project, but no later than the start of the following semester.


Can students get academic credit for completing an LSAMP project?

Students can earn Independent Study course credit in the fall, though they must receive approval through their department.


Are Freshman and Sophomores elligible?

Yes, so long as they meet the Student Requirements listed on the first page of this guide.


What does LSAMP stand for?

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.