Research and Graduate Studies

Student Opportunities

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) Student Travel Grant Program

The CSUPERB Student Travel Grant Program supports CSU student travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites.

The CSUPERB Fall 2014 RFP will support travel between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Please note that each round of grants will support travel within a 12-month window; there is a 6-month overlap between each round’s travel window. This grant program does not make awards to support travel to the CSU Biotechnology Symposium.

Proposal Due Date: October 13, 2014 (by 5:00 p.m. pacific time)

For more information, visit the CSUPERB Student Travel Grant Program webpage.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for research funding through Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research program. The deadline is October 15. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of science and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision-related research.

For more information and to apply, visit the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program website.

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
Howell-CSUPERB Reseasrch Scholars Award

CSUPERB partners with the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women's Health Research to fund promising undergraduate student research projects in topics related to women's health. Together the Howell Foundation and CSUPERB recognize that research experience is critical to engaging, retaining and graduating students interested in careers in women's health.

Application Due Date: October 8, 2014 (by 5:00 p.m. pacific time)
Award Amount: $3500

For more information, visit the Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholars Award webpage.

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
Crelin Pauling Student Teaching Award

The Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Award acknowledges outstanding student teaching achievement by a California State University (CSU) student in biotechnology-related settings, courses and programs.

Nomination Due Date: October 6, 2014 (by 5:00 p.m. pacific time)
Award Announcement: At annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, January 8-10, 2015
Award Amount: $2000

For more information, visit the CSUPERB Pauling Student Teaching Award webpage.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Climate, Environment and Energy Efficiency – EPSA Fellowship Program

Now Accepting Applications for BS, MS or PhD Graduates and recent Alumni (within the last 5 years) in Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy, Public Policy, Economics or related degrees.

Application closes Monday, September 1, 2014, midnight EST – visit the EPSA website to get started NOW! 

Opportunity in Washington, DC for a full-time, one-year or more commitment, starting in September or October 2014 to conduct climate/environmental research.

Applicant must be interested in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment focused on energy and climate policy. Prefer expertise in one or more major energy sector (e.g. electricity, oil, gas) with training/experience in climate science, climate impacts or other environmental areas. Strong quantitative analytical, research and communication skills are required. Experience with modeling and managing data outputs from models preferred.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens - no exceptions.

Annual stipends are dependent on academic level, skills and experience. Additional allowances for travel to site, medical insurance or housing may be provided. 

For more information, e-mail g.

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Please note: The SCGSR Program is open to current Ph.D. students, and as such is applicable to CSUN students planning to pursue a Ph.D. at another institution.

The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2014 solicitation. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday September 24, 2014.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 100 awards in 2014, for project periods beginning anytime between January and September 2015.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found on the SCGSR webpage.

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at .

Watershed Management Experiential Learning for USDA Careers Internship Program

The Water Resources and Policy Initiatives is accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Watershed Management Experiential Learning for USDA Careers Internship Program for the 2014-2015 year. The program provides 50 internships per year for full-time students that are enrolled at any of the 23 CSU campuses.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm Monday, September 15, 2014.

Additional information on the program and application materials are available on CSU-San Bernardino's Water Resources Institute webpage.

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corp (I-Corps) Biological Sciences Site Award


The Call for Teams for the 2015 CSUPERB Early-stage Biotechnology Commercialization Challenge (formerly CSUPERB-I2P Challenge) is now open. Teams must register by Monday, September 8th.


Thanks to NSF, CSUPERB is offering microgrants ($2500) to student teams competing in the 2015 CSUPERB Challenge. CSUPERB will accept microgrant applications on a rolling basis until Monday, September 8th. Microgrant recipients are eligible for the NSF's I-Corps Team grant program.


CSUPERB will host an informational webinar on Friday, June 20th from noon-1pm for interested administrators, faculty, and students.

To join the audio (teleconference) portion of the webinar:
Participant call-in number: (866) 939-8416
Participant PIN: 5103465

To join the webinar and view the slides presented, please click on the link below after 11:30 am June 20th:


Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) $40,000 Watershed Management Doctoral Scholarship

Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) is accepting applications through June 2nd, 2014 for the 2014 WRPI/USDA Watershed Management Doctoral Scholarship for $40,000. All eligible students from the 15 Hispanic Serving CSU's are encouraged to apply, although priority is given to the WRPI Watershed Management Interns. The full details are available in the Information and Application Form (.pdf).

The Office of Science /Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2014 Fall Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) programwith all required application materials, including recommendations, due by 5:00 PM ET on May 30, 2014.

The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, where selected students participate as interns appointed at participating host labs. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Further information, including program eligibility, requirements, host lab participation, and access to the online application is available on the WDTS webpage and the SULI webpage.

Inquiries or questions can be made using through the SULI contact page.

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

The deadlines for the application submission for the 2014 award year have passed. Check back later for 2015 award year deadlines.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

More than a dozen federal agencies rely on the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to help recruit and train the future workforce of scientists and engineers. Through ORISE-administered internship, scholarship, fellowship, and research appointment programs, these agencies are creating a pipeline of potential employees for the science workforce. Visit their searchable online catalog to find details and applications on science education programs that support participants pursuing degrees and conducting research at national laboratories and federal research facilities nationwide.

Institute for Broadening Participation: Pathways To Science

Pathways to Science supports pathways to STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

For Undergraduates:
Over 400 programs - Undergraduate REU and Other Summer Research Opportunities

For those considering graduate school:
Opportunities at over 150 colleges and universities

Professional Development and Support: Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

National Research Council of the National Academies - Research Associateship Programs

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. The programs provide opportunities for Graduate, Ph.D., Sc.D. or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities.

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

Full Proposal Annual Deadline: November 13, 2014; 2nd Thursday in November, annually thereafter

For further information, view the EAPSI Program Solicitation.

Diversity Summer Programs

Graduate Horizons is a competitive graduate school admission workshop for Native American college students and college graduates.

INROADS offers career-related professional paid internships.

Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Internship Program

Carleton College 
Liberal Arts Experience

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

In January 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will invite high school and undergraduate students to submit applications for the 2015 Summer Research Program. Under this program students underrepresented in the biomedical, social, clinical and behavioral sciences are paired with NIDA funded scientists at research institutions across the United States for 8-10 weeks during the summer to work in the field of substance abuse and addiction research. Internships may involve a variety of experiences including laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, patient interviews, and literature reviews. Student interns receive a stipend, and if necessary and eligible, provisions for travel and housing expenses. Applications for the 2015 summer research program will be available in January 2015.

Questions regarding the 2015 NIDA Summer Research Program can be directed to, Julie Huffman at