Our Program is designed to engage students in their learning and development at a deeper level. Our Scholars can either engage in a faculty mentored research project, or, a faculty mentored creative activity or other scholarly project. This means that students from all disciplines are eligible for our Program!
We work in tandem with our faculty at Cal State East Bay to mentor students with respect to the development of disciplinary expertise (faculty mentors focus heavily on this) and academic, personal, and professional development (CSR-SP focuses heavily on this). While the faculty mentor engages the student and challenges them to learn within a discipline-relevant research or creative activity project experience, the CSR-SP provides tuition support earning opportunities for this faculty-mentored research experience, and also hosts and offers tuition and other funding support for students to engage in CSR and other professional development workshops as well as and discipline-specific conference travel.
Our program is a tiered program; there are four tiers ("Scholar levels"), and the goal for our Scholars is to "level up" each year and reach the Forever Pioneer Scholar (FPS) level at least by their graduating year. The FPS level is our Program's most prestigious level; in any given year, only up to 15% of our Scholars are FPS. Each subsequent Scholar level comes with increased Scholar funding support. Scholars must reapply for the program every year. Promotion decisions for any given Scholar in any given year is based on the strength of the Scholar's Program application, and their previous professionalism and engagement record with the CSR-SP.