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LSAMP Undergraduate Summer Research Program

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Diversity Programs in Engineering is a proud partner of the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) which formed to attract and maximize the potential of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students from underrepresented populations, specifically African-American, Latino American and Native American.  

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the ULSAMP program works across the alliance of  seven (7) upstate New York colleges and universities to increase recruitment and the subsequent graduation rate of both first-time freshmen and transfer students, by enhancing academic experiences and opportunities. As a member of the ULSAMP, Cornell University hosts the Cornell University LSAMP Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (CU-LSAMP REU).

LSAMP Summer Research Scholar

June 1 - August 8, 2014

CU LSAMP REU is a summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest through weekly luncheons.

Undergraduate students, interested in gaining a deeper understanding in an engineering-related field, have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week duration under the auspices of a Cornell Engineering faculty research mentor. Through this one-on-one partnership, participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. CU LSAMP REU was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented minority groups in STEM.

CU LSAMP-R offers participants:

  • Approximately 10 weeks of research (June 1- August 8)
  • A research stipend of $4,000
  • A round-trip travel stipend up to $300 for students living outside of Ithaca, NY
  • A double room in a residential hall
  • A campus bus pass or a campus parking pass
  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, computer/study lounges, etc.

Further, CU LSAMP-R participants have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a meaningful research agenda and conduct research with a faculty research mentor
  • Present a scientific research talk
  • Design a research poster and discuss their poster presentation of their research at a symposium on campus
  • Submit a written report at the end of the summer research activity that may lead to a publication

Interested students are highly encouraged to view our CU LSAMP REU Frequently Asked Questions to gain more insight about the program.


  • Participants of CU LSAMP REU  must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have completed at least two semesters of college by the start of the Summer Research Program
  • Have at least two semesters remaining of their undergraduate education at the start of the summer program

To Apply [CU LSAMP-REU application]

Preview the CU LSAMP-REU Application  (We only accept online applications, this is a preview only)

Only completed applications will be reviewed. All applicants are required to submit the following documents for consideration:

Transcript and Letters of Recommendation Submission:

  • Both the transcript and letters of recommendation may be submitted directly from the school or professor/recommender.
  • Applicants may choose to collect these items and submit them. Regardless, the items must arrive by the application deadline.
  • Applicants may e-mail, fax, or postal mail the recommendation and recommendation form to the following:
  • *E-mail: [Subject line: CU LSAMP REU – Applicant’s Name]
*We may follow up with the sender to ensure authenticity of emailed recommendations.
  • Fax:  607.255.2834
  • Postal Mail:   Diversity Programs in Engineering, Attention: CU LSAMP REU    
                                         Cornell University, 146 Olin Hall Ithaca, NY 14853

Application Deadline

Online applications and supporting documents are to be received by or postmarked March 1, 2014.

Status Notification

Applicants will be notified of their admissions status via e-mail by mid-April 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions not covered in Frequently Asked Questions that you would like answered,  E-mail questions to or call 607.254.5202.

Cornell University LSAMP

The ULSAMP program is supported by the NSF under Grant No. 06-552. NSF funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering that are administrated through formed alliances between universities and colleges. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.