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Center for Student Research



We are a student-focused program that encourages you to take more control of your academic and professional development experiences. 

 The CSR-SP’s primary purpose is to facilitate your engagement in faculty-mentored outside-of-the-classroom work on a research or creative activity project related to your academic discipline. Our secondary purpose is to help you develop academic and professional skills that will positively impact not only your scholarly activity work, but also, your academic and professional learning and performance. Intended outcomes of active student participation in the CSR Scholar’s Program are: increased student retention and success, and increased intention toward, and entry into, graduate programs for CSR Scholars. If selected to the CSR Scholar's Program, you may be supported via:

  • CSR Tuition Support: CSR Scholars (except for Associate Scholars) can earn tuition support for participating in CSR student-development programming and/or by engaging in specific student-researcher development activities with/overseen by their 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 pre-designated dollar amount) for consumables needed to complete the student's CSR-associated research or creative activity. 

CSR-SP selection 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! Please note that the application window for the CSR Scholar's Program is open following the end of the current academic year and closes at the end of the first week of Fall semester.

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CSR Office hours and Staff:

Our office is location in SF-335.

The office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, with the exception of times where we are in workshops or other meetings. 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, either in SF-302 or, if it is after 5pm, in the lock box located right next to the CSR office door.

Michelle Hobbs-Helmus is our Program Coordinator (and Cal State East Bay alumna). Michelle handles all CSR general inquiries, runs our CSR office, sets up and oversees all of our CSR events, and handles all of our Scholar paperwork and all things budget. To schedule a meeting with Michelle Hobbs-Helmus, please email the CSR (

Dr. Jenny O is our Director. Dr. O chases down grants and other funding sources to support our Scholars, completes Center reports for our various funding agencies, creates all CSR programming, policies, and curriculum (in consultation with Michelle), recruits faculty and other guest speakers for our workshops, delivers some of our workshops, reviews all CSR Scholar grant submissions, and meets regularly with Scholars 1-on-1 to provide assistance on CSR projects, academic performance, graduate schools, and life after college. To schedule a meeting with Dr. O, please use this link.




 Student Assistant Hours in office for Fall semester are as follows:

Claudia Romero-Medina

Monday 9am-11am; Tuesday-Thursday 9am-3pm

Natisha Prasad

Monday 10am-12pm, 2pm-4:30pm; Tuesday 11am-1:30pm; Wednesday 10am-12pm, 2pm-4:30pm; Thursday 11am-1:30pm; Friday 2pm-8pm

Claudia and Natisha are current Cal State East Bay students and CSR Forever Pioneer Scholars. They help Michelle with day-to-day CSR operations, and are also available to meet with Scholars to provide assistance and support on CSR projects or on being a student at Cal State East Bay, in general! To meet with Claudia or Natisha, just pop on by our office and set up a time (or they may even be able to meet with you right away).


CSR Scholar Reminders and Other Information 

Spring Workshops are Posted

Spring workshops are posted. You may RSVP to workshops now and we will have RSVPs for Forever Pioneer Talks up once we confirm those teaching.

CSR Spring Workshop Location

Spring workshops will be located in South Science Room 205. Please make note of this for next semester.Read More

Deadline to RSVP for Workshops and FPS Talks

The deadline to RSVP for Spring 2020 Workshops is January 21, 2020 and the deadline to RSVP to FPS Talks is January 28, 2020. Please contact us no later than January 21, 2020 to set up Zoom for these events.

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!

ALL CSR Scholars are REQUIRED to present a poster at the 2019-20 Cal State East Bay Student Research Symposium

All CSR Scholars are required to present a research or creative activity 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 15, 2020 from 12-2pm). This event is a great opportunity to share your research with other Cal State East Bay students, faculty, and administrators and staff! Last year, we had approximately 250 participants and attendees! 

*During the CSR Poster workshop, we give poster tips on how to accommodate different phases of project progress (so be sure to attend that CSR workshop if you want advice on preparing your poster for the SRS). 



Important details:

  • Verbal presentations will run between 9:00am to 12:00pm in Bayview Room(optional partcipation, unless you are selected to represent Cal State East Bay at the Statewide Student Research Competition). If you would like to do a verbal presentation (10 minutes + 5 minutes of questions, please email us). 
  • The poster presentations will run from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in the MPR, 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 27, 2020. More details can be found, RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM.
  • You must also register at RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM as a Symposium participant (so that we can prepare the symposium program that will be distributed to participants) by February 14, 2020.

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

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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: