SSI Graduate Innovative Scholars Fund

Writing a winning grant application is a valuable skill in academics, research, and the public and private sectors. A mastery of the knowledge and skills to successfully obtain funding not only gives our CSUSB master’s students the ability to fund current and future research projects, it provides students an edge in the job market as well. The Office of Student Research (OSR) is pleased to announce the SSI Graduate Innovative Scholars Fund.

This program is designed to stimulate innovation and creative activity. Students are asked to indentify an unsolved problem related to any discipline and propose a solution. Students are required to work in teams, which must include at least two students and at least one faculty member.

Award Details

The grant is a one-time award set at a maximum $3,500. The funding will be provided in-full upon approval of the proposal. Funds will be transferred to the faculty mentor’s department class account. These funds are not designed to cover the costs associated with class projects, class assignments or any activities that are associated with a traditional “in the classroom” course.


To be eligible for funding, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate program at CSUSB;

  • Attend a mandatory proposal development workshop (available on Zoom. Please register here. A link to the workshop will be provided once registration is complete).

  • Be in good academic standing (e.g. cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher).

Students applying for the Graduate Innovative Scholars Funds can apply for other OSR funding. Students should not apply if they plan to graduate within two quarters of receiving the award.

Submission Rules and Deadlines

Applications for the SSI Graduate Innovative Scholars Fund will be competitively evaluated by the OSR Awards Committee. The level of innovativeness and board impact will be a determining factor in being selected. The committee may require budget revisions and/or reductions and other revisions before a grant recommendation is made. The number of grants awarded depends on budgets and the funds available to the OSR each year.

Applications must be completed and uploaded to the website directly. A confirmation page will be displayed after the proposal is submitted.

If you have any questions about the eligibility requirements or submission process, please contact Danielle White at

Deadline: March 12th, 2018

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Congratulations to the fall 2017 SSI Innovative Scholars Awardees!

Lindsey Sirianni and Alana Muller

Dr. Richard Addante


Interdisciplinary study of metacognitive errors in memory performance

Qi Guo and Tong Feng

Dr. Eun Ok Baek

Educational Leadership

TOEFL Mobile Learning Course

Hau Tao and Eli Gonazalez

Dr. Qingquan Sun

Computer Science

Study on the pattern recognition enhancement for matrix factorizations with automatic relevance determination

Fernando Villalpando and Maria Theresa Domingo

Dr. Nancy Acevedo-Gil

Educational Leadership

Bridging the path to higher education for undocumented students