The Louis Stokes California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) is an NSF-funded program shared across nine UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Diego, Riverside, and Merced). Its goal is to enhance diversity in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields at the PhD and faculty level by providing financial and professional development support to students from groups underrepresented in these fields.

Program Benefits

UCLA’s CAMP program provides the following benefits to its members:

  • Mentorship and community
  • Quarterly luncheons supported by the generous donation of Professor Emeritus Richard Weiss
  • Support for research
  • Support for conference attendance
  • Eligibility to participate in the CAMP Statewide Symposium
  • Lending Library
    • Please contact for more information regarding borrowing from the UCLA CAMP Library
      • GRE and MCAT Prep
      • Building Additional skills (e.g. lab management, science communication, scientific integrity, etc.)
  • GRE prep
  • GRE fee reimbursement
  • Graduate application fee reimbursement
  • Eligibility for NSF-funded Louis Stoke Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) programs for graduate students

UCLA’s CAMP program works in collaboration with the following programs, lending additional resources in support of enhancing student success: URC-Sciences Summer ProgramCARE Fellows & ScholarsHHMI Pathways UC LEADS, and MARC.

Program Requirements

  • Participation in the URC-Sciences Summer Program curriculum: 10 weeks or 12 weeks, part-time or full-time, respectively. The curriculum includes seminars, workshops and active learning opportunities to promote student research development and career success.
  • Enrolling in and passing ResPrc194C – Mastering the Oral Presentation of your Research 2u; an alternative or additional course for advanced scholars: ResPrc194B – Writing Research Proposals and Graduate Applications
  • Participation in the annual UC-wide CAMP symposium during the winter quarter; requires the preparation and submission of a research abstract in the fall quarter.
  • Quarterly 1:1 meetings with the UCLA CAMP Director, to review research progress, program progress, and career development
  • Participation in peer-mentoring meetings: once as an incoming CAMP scholar, and once as an outgoing CAMP Scholar
  • Participation in program surveys as requested by UCLA, the NSF, and affiliated parties.


RaShawna Williams
Program Representative
2121 Life Sciences

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