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CSUEB Center for Student Research (CSR)

Who are we?

We are a student-focused program that engages you in your own academic and professional development. We are committed to providing you with rich out - of - class learning experiences through our student and researcher development workshops as well as our faculty-mentored research and creative activity opportunities. The goal of the CSR Scholar’s Program is to positively impact your academic and professional success and to help prepare you for your next big step – be it graduate school or your career.

How do we help you?

Some important factors in student satisfaction, motivation, and success are: feeling confident in your abilities, feeling like what you are doing in college is helping you prepare for your future, and feeling like you have input into what and how you learn. These factors are known to impact the time and effort you put towards your education as well as your overall student satisfaction. The CSR Scholar’s Program offers programming based on current theoretical and research evidence examining college student success and is intended to help you develop knowledge and skills that graduate programs and future employers are looking for. Furthermore, we ensure that you have the opportunity to make your own decisions regarding your degree of involvement in the Program (provided you meet minimum program participation requirements). Our Program staff and faculty mentors are committed to supporting your success.

Interested in sharing your research with other CSU students and faculty? Interested in a possible CASH prize? CSU Student Research Competition submissions are now being accepted by the CSR. Apply by February 2, 2018!

Verbal presentations are a great way to develop your academic and professional skills. They also look great on a resume, CV, and graduate school application!

Every year, the CSR supports ten student researchers/research teams to compete at the Statewide CSU Student Research Competition. This event provides undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to share their research with other student researchers and CSU faculty. Cash prizes are awarded to first place finishers in each division (undergraduate and graduate, as well as by-discipline divisions). Selected CSUEB student researchers will work closely with their faculty mentors as well as the CSR to prepare their talks, to be delivered May 4-5, 2018 at Sacramento State University! The CSR will cover travel, lodging, and meal costs.

Below: 2017 CSUEB Student Researchers at CSU Student Research Competition. Nidhi Nagar (front row with trophy), won first place in the graduate division for biological and agricultural sciences! 

2017 CSUEB CSU SRC competitors

To be considered, CSUEB students must submit a 5-page research summary to the CSR no later than 5:00pm on February 2, 2018. Selected students will be notified in late February.

For more information, or to apply, please click on the red "CSU Student Research Competition" button at the top of this page!

Are you a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) Major?

As part of CSUEB's annual Week of Inclusive Excellence, the College of Science will be hosting "Faces of STEM" , a campus event designed to show our students that the College of Science is a place where they belong, where they can contribute to advancing knowledge in their discipline and how they can use their education for social good. Students will be exposed to the breadth of research and outreach work done by students like themselves, the range of career opportunities available to our graduates, and the resources available to help them on their own path to graduation. 

The program of activities on Friday, January 19th will include faculty presentations, a panel of students, alumni, and faculty, and a mixer showcasing student research, clubs, academic resources, and outreach opportunities. Hope to see some of you there, CSR Scholars!

2018 Faces of STEM

Biotechnology Undergrads! Ten-week summer research program at Harvard.

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The Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program is a ten-week faculty mentored residential summer research program for undergraduates in biotechnology. Through this program, a diverse cohort of rising undergraduate juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to work in laboratories of faculty across the Harvard campus. In addition to an engaging, formative research experience, Harvard-Amgen Scholars will live among over 300 undergraduates residents of the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village community in one of the historic Houses along the Charles River. Please check out our flyer here for an overview of the program and benefits. 

 The deadline to submit complete applications is Thursday, February 1, 2018

More information about the Harvard-Amgen Scholar Program, as well as eligibility criteria and the application process may be found at  The Amgen Scholars Program website, which includes information about all of the U.S. and international programs available this coming summer may be found at

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Thinking about a Ph.D.? Interested in going to Indiana University Bloomington?

APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 16. Prospective students that may be interested in graduate school are invited to apply to IU's Getting You into Indiana University (GU2IU) Program, a campus recruitment program for prospective underrepresented and minority students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.F.A. at Indiana University (IUB) Bloomington. The three-day event will be conducted on the IUB campus and begins Sunday, April 8, 2018 and ends on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. This is an all-expense paid trip for selected highly qualified applicants including air fare, lodging, and meals. Participants will learn more about IU’s Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs, research opportunities and funding options. Additionally, participants will meet with faculty, staff and current graduate students, attend sessions on preparing competitive applications for graduate admission, explore campus cultural centers, and take a campus tour.

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 IU's goal is to recruit the best and brightest to IU programs. Their goal is 30-35 students to attend our recruitment event for spring 2018. GU2IU program participants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be sophomores, juniors, seniors, master’s level students in good academic standing; or, degreed professionals interested in pursuing a PhD or MFA at Indiana University Bloomington.
  • Complete a GU2IU spring 2018 application form requesting demographic information, educational interests, non-official transcripts and a personal essay.

 The application deadline is February 16, 2018. Preference will be for faculty-nominated participants in STEM (sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and the social sciences.

To submit a nomination:

  • Applicants, click HERE to apply
  • Faculty, click HERE.

 For additional information, visit direct any questions to or (812) 855-6752

CSR-LSAMP Students! Interested in participating in a summer research experience in Costa Rica?

The Costa Rica Summer Research Training Expedition is a hands-on 5 week research experience in which undergraduate students learn the foundations of inquiry-based research, including experimental design, research methods, and analysis while exploring the spectacular ecosystems of Costa Rica. Last year, Peter Alvarez, CSR Scholar and CSUEB student, was selected to participate in this program, and loved the experience (he is front row center in the flyer pic below where the application deadline is displayed)! 

CSUMB LSAMP Costa Rica 2018


(1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents, (2) members of underrepresented minority groups (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders), and (3) Undergraduate student enrolled as a CSR-LSAMP student. Graduating seniors (Graduating in spring or summer 2018) are not eligible.

To Apply:

Visit the CSUMB Costa Rica Expedition website for more information and details (! Application deadline is February 20th, but be sure to begin the application process right away if interested - applicants must complete a questionnaire, an interview, and submit references and transcripts!

CSR Scholar Upcoming Deadlines  

CSR Scholar Contracts, LSAMP Applications, and progress reports

The last day to submit these items was Friday January 5, 2018. The CSR Scholar's Program focuses on student and professional development, and as such, failure to submit these documents may result in your dismissal from the program (see your Scholar's handbook for information regarding Scholar expectations). If you have been dismissed from the program, you will receive an email from us by the end of this week (week ending January 19).

Register for next week's CSR workshop on growth versus fixed mindsets!

Workshop dates are: January 16th 3-4:20pm (AE 142); January 17th 2:30-3:50pm (SC-N206); and, January 18th 10-11:20am (MI 3075). What's the difference between skills and abilities? How does your perception of whether you can learn something affect, not just your learning, but also your motivation, focus, enjoyment, and self-perceptions? We will discuss this at our Growth versus Fixed Mindset workshops. Register today! Read More

CSR Scholar Upcoming Events and Opportunities (optional) 

Undergraduate STEM majors: Thinking about a PhD but not sure if you're ready?

Are you a talented STEM undergraduate and plan to pursue a PhD, but earning an MS along the way makes sense and you need support? The CSU - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation – Bridge to Doctorate (LSAMP-BD) Program at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) is just the program you have been looking for! Visit the link provided for more information. First deadline (engineering and computer science students) is February 15! Deadlines for other STEM majors are after February 15.Read More

Interested in a STEM career? Summer Internships and part-time work opportunities at ANL!

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking highly motivated and energetic undergraduate students for their 2018 summer internship and part-time work experience programs. Over the years, Argonne has supported thousands of students in their explorations of STEM research careers; provided access to cutting-edge research facilities and fostered relationships with world-class scientists all within 30 miles of the third largest city in the country. They are looking to grow their summer 2018 cohort of students. First deadline is January 5, 2018 (several opportunities are available with later deadlines, as well).Read More

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity @ University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS)

The UMMS Undergraduate Research Opportunity is a non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience sponsored by UMMS Office of Outreach Programs. The program consists of "hands-on" laboratory research with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor. The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and UMMS Office of Research. The program is designed to provide participants in-depth exposure to actual biomedical research. Participants will create career-building connections between researchers, post docs, graduate students, and peers. The program encourages participants to consider biomedical research as a viable career choice. The application submission deadline is March 11, 2018! Click on "Read More>" to go to the UMMS website for more information.Read More

Contact Us

Center for Student Research
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
  • Hayward, CA 94542
  • Student & Faculty Services Building, Suite 335
  • Michelle Hobbs-Helmus
  • Program Coordinator, CSR
  • Phone: (510) 885-7335
  • Email: