NSF/LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program

The National Science Foundation and Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF/LSAMP) Undergraduate Research Program allows university science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students to work on cutting-edge research in various disciplines for faculty members in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Arts & Sciences, and The Wharton School.

The goal of LSAMP is to expose undergraduate students to a laboratory research experience as a means of motivating them to complete their bachelor’s degree in STEM and matriculate into STEM or other graduate and professional programs. Interested participants can see more information about this program by downloading the application and schedule.

Program Overview:

  • The program consists of a 10-week summer research experience.
  • Each student is provided with a summer stipend.
  • Students perform cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • Students work under the mentorship of world-renowned professors in various research centers at Penn.
  • Students participate in weekly workshops dealing with topics such as improving presentation skills and developing a better understanding of current issues in the graduate admissions process.
  • Participants attend seminars presented by faculty, graduate students and AMP alumni.
  • Students participate in both a Penn Engineering AMP symposium at the end of the 10-week period and the Philadelphia AMP Research Symposium held with our partner institution every Fall.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students must attend one of the following institutions: Penn, Drexel, Temple, University of Delaware, Delaware State, Cheyney, Lincoln, Community College of Philadelphia, or Rowan University.
  • Must be a student majoring in a STEM discipline with good academic standing.
  • Students may apply from their freshman through senior years.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

To Apply:

  • Download and complete the Application Form
  • Mail the form and requested materials to:
    • Dr. Yulanda Essoka
      Associate Director, NSF/Philadelphia Region LSAMP
      Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
      School of Engineering and Applied Science
      211 Towne Building
      220 South 33rd Street
      Philadelphia, PA  19104-6391

NSF-LSAMP Summer Research Program Testimonials

Kemi OladujaKemi Oladuja (BE’20)

“I participated in a summer research program offered by the Office because I have always loved research. Most of the things that I learned in the lab I had never learned before, which was a great experience. I am in the program because I want to expand the skills in and knowledge of my field of interest. This program has really helped me to figure out what I want to do with my degree and has even given me a view of what my post-graduate life may be like as I have experienced the job content of some people in my field.”


Questions may be addressed to Dr. Essoka at 215-898-1378 or yult@seas.upenn.edu