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

Deadline: Application is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2018.

Download guidelines

Download budget sheet


Congratulations to the 2017-2018 SSI Culminating Project Fund Awardees!

Mariah Conner

Dr. Katherine Gray


Artifacts of the Anthropocene master of fine arts culminating exhibition

Jesse Neimeyer-Romero

Dr. Edna Martinez

Educational Leadership

Student experiences with high impact practices on a public university branch campus in southern California and their influence on student persistence 

Bryan Castillo

Dr. Sally McGill

Geological Sciences

Constraining large earthquake ages: A paleoseismic study on the banning strand of the San Andreas Fault, desert hot springs, California

Jason Jung

Dr. Stuart Sumida


Redescription and phylogenetic analysis of captorhinikos chozaensis

Madeline Blua

Dr. Kimberlyn Williams


Edaphic factors and invasive annuals in chaparral

Toshio Alvarado

Dr. Jeremy Dodsworth


Characterization of novel thermodesulfobacterium species and its interactions with “caldatribacterium” 

Krista Felbinger

Dr. Tomasz Owerkowicz


Pulmonary bypass shunt reduces oxidative stress in the American alligator

Lauren Velasquez

Dr. Michael Chao


Utilizing crispr to visualize the dopamine receptors dop-1 and dop-4 in caenorhabditis elegans

Joshua Robert Dimapilis

Dr. Jeremy Dodsworth


Carbon and nitrogen substrate utilization of thermophiles from great boiling spring Nevada

Alana Muller

Dr. Richard Addante


Data analysis of the physiology of illusory superiority

Lindsey Sirianni

Dr. Richard Addante


A behavioral and electrophysiological study of non-conscious memory

Shirley Begay

Dr. Deirdre Wellman

Social Work

Barriers to recruiting Native American foster homes in urban areas

Eric Berru

Dr. Joseph Wellman


Weight stigma: an analysis of physiological and cognitive effects

Nelly Zambrano

Dr. Deirdre Wellman

Developing a community plan to prevent child abuse & neglect in rural southern California

Allance Gueming Nankam

Dr. James Smith

Educational Leadership

Closing the achievement gap: what else can we do