Office of Student Research Fall Newsletter, October 5, 2016
Dear campus community,

As we begin another fall quarter, we at the Office of Student Research (OSR) would like to extend a warm welcome to all students, faculty, and staff. We are optimistic that this year will prove to be yet another successful academic year for the OSR as we continuously strive towards serving each student and faculty on campus.

We understand that the school year can become overwhelming, however, we are here to assist you with all of your research and creative activity needs. If you are not familiar with our services, I invite you to visit our webpage or stop by our office (CH 123), where you can learn about the types of programs and services that the OSR offers. I have also attached a copy of our calendar to this email for your reference.

I hope that the year ahead will bring you greater learning opportunities and accomplishments towards reaching your educational and professional career goals.

Dr. Francisca Beer
Getting Involved in Research & Creative Activities
Funding Opportunities
Events and Workshops
OSR Services
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Getting Involved in Research and Creative Activities

Undergraduate research includes all majors, not just the sciences. It includes music, art, and business, just to name a few. At CSUSB, involving undergraduate students in research is part of our strategic plan for improving the quality of education, that is why the OSR was developed. 

Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of conducting research as an undergraduate and have correlated research with several positive student outcomes. These positive outcomes include increased retention and persistence to graduation/ degree completion, increased grade-point-averages, increased satisfaction with the undergraduate academic experience, and higher chances of enrollment in graduate school (Nagada et al. 1998; Hathaway et al. 2002; Gregerman 2009).

If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved in research and creative activities at CSUSB, you are encouraged to contact the OSR to learn how we can help you. 

Funding Opportunities

The following programs are currently accepting applications: 

Faculty/Student Grants

The Faculty/Student Grants are designed to facilitate the initiation and/or development of collaborative research or creative activity (RESCA) between students and faculty. Projects under this program are intended to provide students in-depth “hands-on” experience in the research or creative activity process.

The maximum amount of $1,500 may be awarded to each faculty/student team. 

Deadline: November 4th, 2016

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Course Redesign

The Course Redesign program grant supports course design/redesign centered on the successful HIPS practice of involving students in research and creative activities. The program is committed to provide $4,000 per course and/or program that will be developed or redesigned to incorporate faculty/student research and creative activities (RESCA). 

Deadline: January 27th, 2017

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Student Research and Travel (SRT)

The Student Research and Travel (SRT) program encourages and supports undergraduate and graduate students with pursuing research and related activities. The SRT program provides up to $1,000 per academic year of funding to support student research and travel related to academic growth and development.

Deadline: October 13, 2016; February 9, 2017; April 27, 2017.​

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Events and Workshops

Steps to Graduate School

This workshop shows how to apply for graduate school, and introduces what is needed and what to expect during the application process. The workshop also provides information about finding the right graduate programs, what to expect when applying, and the general requirements for admissions. Most graduate programs require a general application to the graduate studies office, a separate more specific application to the program of choice, undergraduate transcripts, GRE test scores, recommendation letters, and an
interview process.

Date: October 4th, 2016
Time: 1:00pm
Location: SMSU Theater

OSR Information Session

The OSR Information session provides students with information about how our programs can help students pursue their research interests.

Date: October 26th, 2016
Time: 12:00pm
Location: SMSU 217/218

IRB Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know

This session aims to train students in meeting university and federal requirements when using human subjects in research. It will provide an overview of Protection of Human Subjects in Research to include the history, its scope, and institutional responsibility to ensure compliance with the federal regulation.

Date: November 10th, 2016
Time: 1:00pm
Location: CE 209

Taste of Research 

An event to introduce the PDC community to the Office of Student Research (OSR) and to provide students with a taste of research within various fields.

Date: December 1st, 2016
Time: 1:00pm
Location: PDC

OSR Services

Peer Statistician 


The  Peer Statistics Specialist offers statistical assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, which includes data management, statistical analysis of data using statistical software (SPSS), and survey design and administration.

Students in need of assistance should visit our webpage for more information. 

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Laptop Lending Program

In need of a laptop to conduct research or creative activities? The OSR's Laptop Lending program allows CSUSB students to use a laptop for the duration of the quarter. The computers come equipped with statistical software such as SPSS and include all Microsoft programs. 

To learn more about this program, please contact our office (909) 537-5058.

Peer Lab Program

The Peer Lab program is designed to schedule regularly out-of-class supplemental instruction sessions to assist students in understanding the course material and to improve students' overall learning and reasoning skills for at-risk upper-division courses. 

Winter, November 4th, 2016
Spring, February 8th, 2017

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Peer Research Consultant Program

Peer Research Consultants (PRC) assist undergraduates with their research projects. Faculty will select a graduate or undergraduate student who will attend all class sessions. The PRC will lead discussion groups in which they assist students with aspects of their research project.

Winter, November 4th, 2016
Spring, February 8th, 2017

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OSR Student Spotlight

The OSR wishes to highlight student-led research and creative activities on campus by identifying and acknowledging student success stories. We invite you to provide a short narrative describing your student success story that may be featured on the OSR webpage "Where Are They Now?" and our quarterly newsletter.  
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