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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.

CSR Scholar Reminders and Other Information 

CSR Faculty-Student Mixer

Th RSVP links are up now for the mixer. Please RSVP asap to one of the two listed. If you have class during part of it you are allowed to come late or leave early with proof of schedule.Read More

CSR Workshops

Next Workshop is 10/16/2018 taught by one of our wonderful Faculty Mentors, Dr. Pascale Guiton. Please make sure to check if you have submitted a RSVP for the workshop. Read More

Forever Pioneer Weekend

Forever Pioneer Weekend is closed to RSVP for. For those who have already RSVP'ed we had a time change for events so please look for an email from us alerting you.

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!

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.

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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.

Cal State East Bay undergrads who are underrepresented students or first-generation college students

Are you considering grad school in biological sciences? Cornell University is looking for YOU!

The Cornell University Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept. of Entomology, and School of Integrative Plant Science are pleased to announce our third annual Graduate Student Diversity Preview Weekend being held from March 7-10, 2019. This event is intended to introduce students from underrepresented backgrounds to the graduate school application process and to connect them with faculty members that share research interests.

Participant housing and meals will be provided, as well as up to $600 in travel expenses. We encourage applications from students from underrepresented backgrounds (including underrepresented minorities, first-generation students, low income, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA) that are interested in applying for graduate school during the 2019-2020 application cycle. The application deadline is December 1, 2018.

For more information and to apply, please visit If you have any questions, please email


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)!

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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. 

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Big Data and the Future of Research and Student Research Conference

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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). 

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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, 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). 

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: