Cal NERDS

NSF CAMP Scholars Undergraduate Research Program

NSF CAMP statewide research conference, hosted by UC Irvine, is this program's signature event
NSF CAMP statewide research conference is hosted by UC Irvine

A National Science Foundation STEM Network

This NSF grant-funded program was created to provide a buffet of opportunities for underrepresented STEM students. UC Berkeley’s NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences (LSAMP) program is nicknamed NSF CAMP (California Alliance Minority Participation) and it is part of a UC systemwide alliance (http://www.camp.uci.edu). Nationally there are over 30 NSF LSAMP Alliances. This program focuses on increasing the number of baccalaureate degrees granted to underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and supporting continuation to graduate studies, particularly for the Ph.D. This is not a pre-med program. Minority students gain many advantages through the academic and professional development opportunities and paid hands-on faculty mentored experiences that increase retention and degree completion. Often NSF LSAMP/CAMP scholars can qualify for STEM graduate school fee waivers at other universities because of its 25 year history of supporting diversity STEM. Typically in February, students from nine UCs travel to the host campus, UC Irvine, for a one day research poster competition. Over 25 STEM faculty mentor judge posters in areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.

Many NERDS go into STEM graduate programs: 2006 flashback photo  - fast forward to today nine out of ten CAMP Alumni in this photo went to STEM graduate programs (six have earned their STEM PhDs)
Many NERDS go into STEM graduate programs: 2006 flashback photo - fast forward to today nine out of ten CAMP Alumni in this photo went to STEM graduate programs (six have earned their STEM PhDs)

"NSF CAMP is dedicated to UC undergraduate achievement in STEM. Faculty-mentored research experience is the cornerstone, providing the preparation and impetus for graduate studies. UC faculty assert that creative research is one of the best ways to prepare students for persistence toward the B.S. degree and success in graduate school." ~ NSF CAMP Statewide Office

Eligibility Snapshot

  • LGBTQ, U.S. military veterans, and transfer students welcome
  • Must be a registered UC Berkeley student at the time of the application
  • U.S Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Be an individual who has faced or faces social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM
  • Sophomore through Senior STEM Majors interested in going to STEM Graduate School Programs
  • 2.5 overall UC Berkeley GPA
  • Program resources are contingent upon funding

Application | If our UC systemwide NSF grant is renewed for funding then we will open our application in 2017

Please send your questions to Director Diana Lizarraga via text at #510.778.5165 or via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Text is preferred and faster.