The Baird Lab

Manipulating proteases, so you don't have to.

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The California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) is a CSU wide academic support program that is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation and the CSU Chancellor's office. As a Professional Preparation Emphasis program, the goals of LSAMP at SFSU are to 1) increase the number of students who graduate with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, targeting those who face or have faced social, educational or economic barriers to careers in STEM and 2) to provide resources to make such students more competitive applicants to STEM PhD programs.

In the LSAMP program SFSU, we employ several strategies to meet this goal including:

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A Textbook Reimbursement Program*:
LSAMP participants can receive partial reimbursement for eligible textbooks each academic year.
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Research Support*: LSAMP participants who are conducting research with an SFSU STEM faculty member can receive a stipend to help in research activities and attending scientific conferences.
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Professional Training*: LSAMP participants can also participate in a series of workshops focused on developing skills that will better prepare you for a research career. The workshops focus on topics such as communicating your science to various audiences, developing presentation skills, learning how to read the scientific literature--all skills anyone who aspires to be a successful scientist will have to master.
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Other opportunities*:
There are also opportunities available through the CSU state-wide network.

(*Restrictions and limitations apply. Please contact Dr. Baird, the SFSU Campus Coordinator, for details)

How to Apply


In order to be considered for the LSAMP program, a student must:
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be an undergraduate enrolled at SFSU (the program does not fund graduate students)
  • be a declared STEM major with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better
  • be an individual who has faced or faces social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM
  • complete a 2018-2019 CSU-LSAMP application (The 2018-2019 application is a fillable PDF. Please download it and type in your responses. The 2017-2018 application will not be accepted)
  • Note: You can calculate your science/major GPA using the GPA calculator found here.

Explanation of Forms (buttons below)

Application: A current LSAMP Application must be submitted and approved before one can take advantage of LSAMP benefits.

Stipend Application: After LSAMP Application approval, LSAMP participants are eligible to receive financial support for research projects that are supervised by SFSU faculty. Complete the stipend application for this benefit.

Reimbursement Request: LSAMP participants are eligible to be reimbursed for textbooks, partial travel, conference fees and GRE fees. Use the Reimbursement Request to request this support. Reimbursement requests must be accompanied by original receipts.

After completing the application, stipend and/or reimbursement request form(s), please email the document(s) to Dr. Baird [tbaird(at)] or print it and take it to
Dr. Baird's office inside TH 806

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CSU-LSAMP is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant #HRD-1826490 and the Chancellor's Office of the California State University. 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 or the Chancellor's Office of the CSU.