Senior Level Alliance, 2011-2016

The Louis Stokes California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) is a  University of California initiative to diversify the student population and the future faculty. UC Irvine serves as the lead campus and fiscal agent, under the established cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The primary goal of the eight UC campus partners (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Diego and Riverside) is to significantly increase the number of B.S. degrees granted to underrepresented minority students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) majors at the University of California and to prepare these students competitively for the nation's top graduate schools. This is accomplished through shared best practices networking, academic support, and a welcoming campus climate.

CAMP represents a systemwide community of UC faculty, program staff, and students working toward a set of shared goals, including not only B.S. degree completion but continuation on to graduate school, completion of the Ph.D., and entry into the scientific and engineering workplace. This collective effort has contributed to a 84% increase in B.S. degrees granted by UC from the baseline year (1990-91), for a total of 12,396 bachelor's degrees awarded to date to underrepresented minorities by UC. In addition to faculty mentored research experiences and peer mentoring and tutoring, principal activities include collaborative learning, presenting at scientific conferences, science writing and co-authorship, technology proficiency, and preparation for advanced degrees. Graduate education is currently supported by Bridge to the Doctorate, hosted by UC partners. To date, the University of Californa Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participatin (CAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate activity has supported 93 underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. UC Los Angeles (UCLA) will host Cohort IX of the UC Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) that will support a graduate student cohort of 12 URM STEM Ph.D students from LSAMP campuses across the nation. The BD program will provide the cohort stipends and cost-of-education funds for the first two years, followed by support from UCLA's Graduate Division, the student's home STEM department and/or external fellowship funding for the duration of the doctoral program.

Benefits of C.A.M.P.

  • FREE application to UCLA STEM Graduate Program!
  • Exposure to Research
  • Community
  • Mentorship
  • Poster printing, Travel Grants and Conference Attendance
  • Achievements highlighted in annual CAMP publication.
  • GRE prep
  • Quarterly Social Events
  • Graduate Application Fee Waivers
  • Book Lending Tree

    C.A.M.P. Statewide Symposium

  • At the CAMP Annual Symposium you will receive the opportunity to present and share your research.
  • Gain insight into venues of scientific discourse.
  • Networking with other UC students and faculty.
  • Receive the opportunity to share your scholarly work.
  • Grow in confidence and in your abilities to communicate effectively with faculty and peers.

    Participants at the 2015 C.A.M.P. Symposium

    Pictured (left to right): Jessy Martinez, Tara Hallman, Hannah Hinton, Lara Roach

    CAMP 2015 UCLA Award Winners:

    Jessy Martinez
    Best Poster in Biological/Life Sciences

    Lara Roach
    Best Poster in Biological/Life Sciences

    CAMP 2015 Honorable Mentions:

    Tara Hallman (Life Sciences)

    Hannah Hinton (Life Sciences)

    CAMP Symposium 2014 Student Highlights


    Visit the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) website to learn more or click here for a short video about LSAMP and the impact its having on budding scientists like you!