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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.

 Want more information on our program? Click here!


CSR Office hours and Staff:

Our office is location in SF-335.

Currently our office is not open for in-person visits. We are offering Zoom office hours with Michelle, our program coordinator, Monday-Thursday. Monday and Wednesday hours are 10am-12pm and the link is here. Tuesday and Thursday hours are 3pm-5pm and the link is here. ***October 6, 2020 office hours are cancelled***If Michelle is with someone you will be put in the waiting room until she is ready for you. If these times do not work for you, please email your availability to and we will work on setting up a meeting.

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.

CSR Scholar Reminders and Other Information 

CSR Decision Emails Have Been Sent

The CSR decision emails were sent this past Friday, September 11. Please make sure to check your email and if accepted please respond by Friday, September 18.

Tuition Earning Understanding Confirmation Form

All scholars must fill out the Tuition Earning Understanding Confirmation form by September 30th. You can find a link to this form on our forms page and also on Slack. We will follow up with Distinguished Pioneer Scholars via a Slack DM to inquire about your Tuition Earning Contract. As always please feel free to email, DM us on Slack, or post on Slack in the appropriate channel of #help-csr_tuition_earning if you have questions.Read More

CSR Contract Due 9/30/20

All scholars must have their email contract sent by 9/30/20. Please use the Google Doc "CSR Contract Instructions" that was linked in your award email to put together this contract.

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!

Female Research Participants Needed! 


Cal State East Bay's Student Video Presentations 

Scroll down to see research talks from our 2020 CSU Student Research Competition East Bay competitors! Congratulations to all competitors and special shout out to Lisa Ouyang and the team of Andrés León González and Lindsey Fox for placing second and first in their respective sessions. Go Pioneers!


Andrés León González and Lindsey Fox 


Taylor Reinke


Claudia Romero Medina, Daniel Den Briones, Sena Harlley, and Jorge Gonzalez


Lisa Ouyang


Derek Schmidt 


Cesar Contreras and Abraham Bahlibi 


Mica Cabrera


Munahil Murrieum


Ariel Moline


To read more about this year's competition click here!

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) held on campus.  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 TBD for next year.

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: