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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-researcher development workshops as well as the opportunity to earn support for your engagement in faculty-mentored research and 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.

How do we help you? 

Some important factors in student satisfaction, motivation, and success are: feeling confident in your skills, 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 structures their programming based on current theoretical and research evidence examining college student success to help encourage you to develop knowledge and skills that graduate programs and future employers are looking for. Our Program staff and faculty mentors are committed to supporting your success.


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.

Introducing the new CSR Scholar categories!

Created in consultation with the CSR Advisory Board (made up of current and alumni CSR Scholars and faculty mentors)

Credit for our awesome new CSR Scholar category labels goes to our Program Coordinator, Michelle Hobbs-Helmus! Note, these new categories replace the old "Scholar levels" (i.e., 1a, 1b, 1c, 2). We are working on updating all of our CSR Scholar's Program documents to reflect Program changes effective Fall 2018, stay tuned!

New scholar categories and descriptions


CSR Scholars (and all Cal State East Bay undergraduate student researchers)!

The 2nd World Congress on Undergraduate Research is being held this year in Oldenburg, Germany! Apply today (CSR Scholars may qualify for CSR travel support)!

World Congress CUR Conference

Interested in a Biosciences graduate program at UCLA?

The UCLA Biosciences Grad Fair is almost here! Register today - you can submit an abstract to present, or just attend to learn more about the Programs!


Attention Incoming Freshmen

Check out his offer from the Cal State East Bay bookstore!

A new computer may be very helpful with future research and for schoolwork. 

Freshmen Bookstore Ad

Big Data and the Future of Research and Student Research Conference

Register at

SF SRC Flyer

2017-18 Student Research Symposium Program

Available Here!Symposium Program Link

Cal State East Bay Student-researchers represented us well in the 2017-18 CSU Student Research Competition!

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 worked closely with their faculty mentors as well as the CSR to prepare their talks, that were delivered May 4-5, 2018 at Sacramento State University! The CSR will covered travel, lodging, and meal costs.

Below: 2018 Cal State East Bay Student Researchers at CSU Student Research Competition. F Michael Chua (front row with stoll and certificate), won first place in the graduate division for Business, Economics, & Pubic Admiistration! 

CSU COMP 2018 Winner Michael

Here are the student-researchers who represented Cal State East Bay at the CSU Student Research Competition 2018:

Selected students

Congratulations to all students and their faculty mentors! For information about the 2018-19 Competition, please click on the red "CSU Student Research Competition" button at the top of this page!

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 (Date, TBA; will be on a Wednesday in late April 2019). 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). 

Student poster w prez

Important details:

  • Verbal presentations will run between TBA (optional partcipation, unless you are selected to represent CSUEB at the Statewide Student Research Competition). If you wouold like to do a verbal presentation (12 minutes + 3 minutes of questions, please email us). 
  • The poster presentations will run from TBA, 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 TBA. More details can be found, here.
  • You must also register  as a Sympoium participant (so that we can prepare the sympopsium program that will be distributed to participants). 

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

Additional CSR Scholar Upcoming Events and Opportunities 

CSR Workshop series has concluded for the year

There are no more workshops scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year (see your Scholar Handbook). 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: