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Center for Student Research

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Who are we and what do we do? 

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 CSR student and student-researcher development workshops/talks as well as the opportunity to earn travel and supplies support for your engagement in faculty-mentored research or creative activity. 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. 

CSR Tution Support

CSR Scholars (except for Associate Scholars) can earn tuition support for participating in CSR student-development programming (workshops/talks, events, symposium, etc.) and/or by engaging in specific student-researcher development activities with/overseen by thier faculty mentors. Tuition support amount varies by Scholar category and activity. 

CSR Travel Grants

CSR Scholars (except for New Pioneer Scholars) qualify to submit CSR Travel Grants to the CSR. Successful grant proposals cover the cost (up to a pre-designated dollar amount) for travel to professional conferences related to the student's CSR-associated research or creative activity project. 

CSR Supply Grants

CSR Scholars (except for New Pioneer Scholars) qualify to submit CSR Supply Grants to the CSR. Successful grant proposals cover the cost (up to a a pre-designated dollar amount) for consumables needed to complete the student's CSR-associated research or creative activity. 


Program entry is competitive (but not GPA- nor discipline-bound). We encourage students at all academic levels (freshmen through graduate students) and levels of academic preparation to apply! Applications for the CSR Scholar's Program open following the end of the current academic year and close at the end of the first week of Fall semester.

CSR Office hours and forms drop box  

The Center for Student Research office is located in the Student and Faculty Services building on the third floor: office SF-335. The office will be open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm with the exception of meetings and workshops. Michelle Hobbs-Helmus, our Program Coordinator (and Cal State East Bay alumna!), will list her schedule out on the CSR door daily. To schedule a meeting with Dr. O or Michelle, please email the CSR email at

If you have any CSR paperwork/forms that you wish to drop off and Michelle is not in the office when you stop by, please drop the forms off in our CSR drop box, in SF-302 or drop the forms off in the lock box located right next to the CSR office door.

CSR Scholar Reminders and Other Information 

Spring Supply Grant Deadline

The Supply grant deadline is March 22, 2019. We do still have funds available so please make sure you turn them in as soon as possible. The supply grant sample is located on the same page as the supply grant form. Please look this over and make sure you follow all directions. Read More

CSR Workshops Spring Semester

Spring semester workshops will be located in VBT-216. The LAST workshop is Tuesday, March 26 given by our very own Director, Dr. Jenny O. If you have not signed up for this workshop you may still attend and get tuition earning. Please email the CSR if you wish to attend.Read More

Student Research Symposium

All CSR Scholars must participate in the Cal State East Bay Student Research Symposium hosted on April 17, 2019. Each student(that are not CSR Scholars) must register separately for the symposium through our Google form by March 17, 2019. If you have class during the time slot then you must send a screenshot of your class schedule to More

ALL CSR Scholars are REQUIRED to present a poster at the 2018-19 Cal State East Bay Student Research Symposium

All CSR Scholars are required to present a research poster (regardless of the phase at which you are at in your given research project*) in the Cal State East Bay Student Research Symposium (SRS) being held on campus (Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 12-2pm). This event is a great opportunity to share your research with other students, faculty, and administrators and staff at CSUEB! Last year, we had approximately 250 participants and attendees! 

*During the CSR Poster workshop, we overview different poster formats to accomodate different phases of research progress (so be sure to attend that session if you want advice on preparing your poster for the SRS). 

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Important details:

  • Verbal presentations will run between 9:00am to 12:00pm (optional partcipation, unless you are selected to represent CSUEB at the Statewide Student Research Competition). If you would like to do a verbal presentation (12 minutes + 3 minutes of questions, please email us). 
  • The poster presentations will run from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, you must be present at your poster, unless you have a scheduled class during that time (you must email us, we will check your course schedule, and then excuse you, if that is the case).
  • Even if you cannot attend the Symposium, you must submit a poster to be displayed, and if at all possible, send someone (faculty, another student) to represent you and your work. 
  • You must work with your faculty mentor to create a conference poster of your work. The completed poster must be emailed to the CSR no later than 5pm on March 29, 2019. More details can be found, RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM.
  • You must also register at RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM as a Sympoium participant (so that we can prepare the sympopsium program that will be distributed to participants) by February 15, 2019.

For the time being, please begin discussions with your faculty mentors about getting started on your posters! 

Register for the CSUEB Symposium by March 17, 2019

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Are you a Cal State East Bay Student Looking for a faculty research mentor? 

See our "want ads"! On this page, we have posted information from different faculty members who are looking for you!

New opportunity for underrepresented students in biotechnology (Deadline to apply: April 15, 2019)

3-day BIO 2019 I-Corps Bio-entrepreneurship Workshop in Philadelphia (June 3-5, 2019)

Join other students, researchers, and professionals interesetd in biotechnology at the 3-day BIO 2019 I-Corps Bio-entrepreneurship Workshop in Philadelphia (June 3-5, 2019)! The workshop is open to early-career researchers from groups underrepresented in biotechnology research organizations: undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and assistant professors. Researchers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities and minority-serving institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

Participant expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, BIO 2019 exhibition registration, and transportation will be covered by the program. We expect to fund up to 40 participants.

 Workshop details and the application form can be found here:

Applications are due Monday, April 15, 2019, at 5 pm eastern time.





Summer Fellows

2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Program @ UMass!

Undergrads, are you interested in Cancer Biology, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, or Bioinformatics?!


Dealine to apply: March 15, 2019


Application FAQs
Application portal


Program Description

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience. The program consists of "hands-on" laboratory research with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and UMMS Provost’s Office.


The program is designed to provide participants in-depth exposure to actual biomedical research. Participants will develop career-building connections with faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and peers. The program encourages participants to consider biomedical research as a viable career choice. Over 33% of former participants have subsequently pursued MD, PhD or MD/PhD training.

Why should I apply?

  • Immersive experience preforming cutting edge research in a broad range of topic areas including:Cancer BiologyImmunology & Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, and Bioinformatics.
  • Summer Research Fellows receive a stipend of $4000. Stipends are paid to participants in three payments over the ten-week program.
  • Travel and housing are paid for and arranged by the program.
  • Participants engage in networking sessions with UMMS leaders, faculty and trainees.
  • Participants prepare and present a professional research poster. Poster may be subsequently presented at national scientific conferences.

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: