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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 

CSU Student Research Competition

5-page research summaries are due by February 11, 2019. This is not mandatory for Scholars. You can earn tuition for submitting one by the due date ($200). For more information please click the link below.Read More

CSR Workshops Spring Semester

Spring semester workshops will be located in VBT-216, this is across the hall from our current room. The Poster Workshop on 2/12/18 will be located in a larger room SC-N120. The Conference workshop from November has also been rescheduled for Thursday, January 31st.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 Scholar must register separately for the symposium through our Google form by February 15, 2019. If you have class during the time slot then you must send a screenshot of your class schedule to More

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!

CSU Comp Ad

CSU Student Research Competition

5-Page Research Summaries Due February 11,2019

5-page(double spaced) Research summaries to apply to compete for Cal State East Bay in the CSU Student Research Competition are to be emailed to by February 11, 2019. The competition is hosted at Cal State Fullerton this year from April 26-27, 2019. The CSR provides transportation, lodging, and reimbursement for food expenses for the Cal State East Bay competitors.For more information click here

Are you a LSAMP@Cal State East Bay student thinking about pursuing a PhD, but not sure if you're ready?

LSAMP offers a Bridge to the Doctorate Program that is for you!

The Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation looks forward to hosting its first Bridge to the Doctorate cohort in fall 2019 at the University of Virginia. For more information about the BD program at UVA, please visit: Bridge to the Doctorate at the University of Virginia.  LSAMP@Cal State East Bay seniors and LSAMP alumni: you can apply to UVA STEM graduate programs for free by completing the application fee waiver form at the link below and selecting “LS-AMP programs/VA-NC Alliance” here:Application Fee Waiver Information.

 bridge to doctorate at the university of Virginia flyer


The University of California is seeking applications for the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program at UC Santa Barbara sponsored by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) (pending funding). We seek applications from talented LSAMP graduates to pursue a Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara in Science, Engineering and Mathematics.  Our BD program will be integrated into this research community, and will offer a comprehensive suite of professional development and career preparation activities, academic support, and a mentoring network to propel BD Scholars to success in their desired careers.  The fellowship includes a $32,000 annual stipend plus full tuition, fees, and health insurance for the first two years.  More information about the program and eligibility information can be found at Bridge to the Doctorate Program, University of California, Santa Barbara.  In addition to applying for the BD program, applicants must first apply directly to their PhD program of interest (deadlines vary, Dec-Jan). For more information on graduate admissions and department research, please visit Grad Divsion.

Oklahoma State University is seeking applications for the Bridge to Doctorate (BD) program at Oklahoma State University funded by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).  The BD encourages and supports students from underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander) to pursue and complete a Ph.D. degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field.  The fellowship includes a $32,000 annual stipend, tuition, fees, and student health insurance for two years.  Participants will receive individualized mentoring and coaching and have the opportunity to participate in professional conferences.  Eligibility information can be found at Bridge to Doctorate Program, Oklahoma State University.  The  OSU application.

The University of Oklahoma is recruiting LSAMP Scholars for Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships for academic years 2018-2020.  Some of the benefits of the program include tuition, fees, and student health insurance waiver for first two years, an annual stipend of $32,000 for first two years, and personalized mentoring.  Students must participate in a LSAMP program during their undergraduate education and have a Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline.  More information about the program and application requirements can be found online. Please contact Dr. Anthony Natale or Dr. Susan Walden with any questions.

The University of Alabama LSAMP program is actively seeking applicants for the Bridge to Doctorate program.  The objective of this program is to train students in a Master of Science program in preparation for continued graduate study and research at the Doctoral level.  Undergraduate students who are seniors at one of the schools in the LSAMP Alliance are eligible to apply.  Students who are selected will receive an annual stipend of $32,000 and remission of tuition and fees during their first two years in graduate study.  Upon completion of their M.S. degrees, students will continue their graduate education, supported through a Research Assistantship and/or Graduate Teaching Assistantship for three or more years.  In addition to the LSAMP application form, students must also submit the University of Alabama graduate school application

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is looking for applicants for the Bridge to Doctorate program who would like to pursue a MS/PhD in STEM majors.  The program supports doctoral students from African American, Hispanic, and/or Native American populations during the first two years of study in STEM subjects at UConn.  The two year fellowship includes stipends up to $32,000 annually, tuition and fee supplement up to $12,000 annually, health insurance, and opportunities to research and intern at companies and national labs.  Eligibility requirements include admittance to the University of Conneticut Graduate School, U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, and LSAMP participation at the undergraduate level.  The application can be found at Bridge to Doctorate Program, University of Connecticut

UAlbany’s Office of Graduate Education and lead institution, Stony Brook University, submitted and were approved for a National Science Foundation (NSF), Bridge to the Doctorate program. Bridge to the Doctorate is a graduate fellowship and support program for former LSAMP participants who plan to matriculate in a graduate program in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). The program offers 12 two-year graduate fellowships of $30,000. Students will also receive full tuition, health insurance, support services, and opportunities to attend academic and professional workshops.

Stem Cell Program 2018

Sacramento State Stem Cell Program

Sacramento State welcomes applicants to our Master of Arts program in Stem Cell Research, a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Program. PSMs are innovative graduate degrees designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly valued professional skills.


Our Stem Cell Research PSM is characterized by a combination of rigorous skills-based coursework in cell and molecular biology (at Sacramento State) and a research internship (at UC Davis) focused on stem cell research that culminates in a final project for the degree.


PSM graduates are eligible for exciting, well-compensated careers in science; employers of recent PSM graduates in the biosciences range from large, multinational pharmaceutical companies to start-up biotechnology companies.


Advanced coursework and research experience prepare graduates for immediate success as:

  • Laboratory managers in stem cell and biotechnology laboratories
  • Staff research associates in cutting-edge research laboratories at universities
  • Doctoral candidates in applied biology


Finally, at Sacramento State we embrace diversity and understand that bringing people of diverse backgrounds together will improve scientific innovation. A prominent goal of our Stem Cell Research Program is to promote diversity within our program and the broader scientific community. To that end, students who are from underserved or underrepresented groups should feel encouraged to apply.


Please see above flier or visit our program website for more information:

Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Monterey Bay Ocean Science REU at CSU Monterey Bay is now accepting applications for Summer 2019. Students will collaborate with mentors at host institutions (CSU Monterey Bay, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and Naval Postgraduate School) to conduct 10 weeks of independent research. In addition, students complete a suite of professional development workshops and training and the summer culminates with a celebratory Summer Research Symposium. A $5,000 stipend, travel, and housing support are provided by the program. The application deadline is February 11, 2019. More information is available on the attached flyer and here:  

Call for Posters

Golden Section of the Mathematical Association of America
Poster submissions due are no later than Feb. 15, 2019
The meeting will be held Feb. 23, 2019 at the American Institute of Mathematics in San Jose, CA
MAA call for posters

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! 

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: