SSI Culminating Project Fund

Writing a winning grant application is a valuable skill in academia, research, and the public and private sectors. Mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully obtain funding not only gives our CSUSB Master’s students the ability to fund current and future research projects, but also provides students an edge in doctoral programs and to  the job market. The Office of Student Research (OSR) is pleased to announce the SSI Culminating Project Fund.

This program is designed for graduate students completing a thesis, project, or dissertation. Funds from the Graduate Scholars Grant Writing Program, if awarded, must be used to support recipients’ thesis, project, or dissertation research or professional development activities. 

Award Details

The purpose of this award is to support graduate students who engage in research or creative activity through their thesis, projects or dissertations.

The grant is a one-time award set at a maximum $2,000. 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.

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

  • If appropriate submit a copy of the relevant university review board approval letter/memo at the time of the grant submission for projects involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, or recombinant DNA.

Students applying for an SSI Culminating Project Fund award are able to apply for other OSR funding. Students should not apply if they plan to graduate within 2 quarters of receiving the award.


Submission Rules and Deadlines

Applications will be competitively evaluated by the OSR Awards Committee. Proposals will be evaluated according to the criteria included in the application guidelines. 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 online only. 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

The application deadline has been extended!

Deadline: November 27th, 2017

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Congratulations to the 2016-2017 SSI Graduate Thesis Writing Program recipients!

College of Education

Maria Domingo with Dr. Edna Martinez

Proactiv4 Advising in Higher Education


College of Natural Sciences

Jason Jung with Dr. Stuart Sumida

Redescription and Phylogenetic Analysis of Captorhinikos chozaensis


Damon Mosier with Dr. Jeremy Dodsworth

Single Cell Sorting as a Method of Isolation for Uncultivated Thermophiles


Bryan Castillo with Dr. Sally McGill

Constraining larger earthquake ages: A paleoseismic study on the Banning Strand of the San Andreas Fault, Desert Hot Springs, California


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Sam Worrall with Dr. Christina Hassija

Development of the Client Treatment Orientation Scale