Office of Student Research Fall Newsletter, January, 2017
Dear campus community, 

Happy New Year!

I hope that you will use this newsletter to learn and take advantage of the events, services, and programs offered by the OSR. It is our goal to serve you and to assist you however we can with all of your research and creative endeavors. 

Dr. Francisca Beer
Dr. Christina Hassija
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The College of Natural Sciences and the Office of Student Research (OSR) receives NSF Grant ($5 million) to Support Community College STEM Transfer Students
CSUSB faculty, Dr. Kimberley Cousins (Principle Investigator), along with Co-Principal Investigators, Dr. Francisca Beer, Dr. Haiyan Qiao, Dr, Joan Fryxell, and Dr. Joseph Farmer were awarded a $5 million grant to support community college students transferring to CSUSB with a major in STEM. The NSF S-STEM grant will provide scholarships to incoming transfer students as well as support activities that will include faculty-to-student mentoring, peer-to-peer mentoring, and research activities. 

The Office of Student Research (OSR) will oversee CSUSB’s involvement with the NSF grant and will work closely in collaboration with the four community colleges (Barstow College, College of the Desert, Imperial Valley College, and San Bernardino Valley College). Each community college will also receive funding in relation to the 
program and will administer scholarships to selected student participants.

This grant is another major accomplishment for the OSR.  The OSR was established in 2011 under the general supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Thompson and Dr. Francisca Beer, Director. The OSR’s mission is to enrich the academic experience of all CSUSB graduate and undergraduate students by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields. Through the NSF funding, the OSR will be able to reach more STEM students in pursuit of this mission.
Call for Nominations
2016-17 Faculty Research & Creative Activities Mentor Award
The Office of Student Research (OSR) is accepting nominations for the 2016-17 Faculty Research & Creative Activities Mentor Award. Current students, faculty, and staff may submit a nomination.
One faculty from each college will be selected and honored at the annual “Meeting of the Minds” Student Research Symposium opening ceremony and will be presented with a $2,000 award.
To be eligible for the award, the nominees must 1) be a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member, and 2) be a faculty member at CSUSB for at least three years, and 3) the nominee should not have won the award within the past five years. 
For more information about the award please visit our 
awards webpage, or contact Danielle White (

Funding Opportunities

New Programs

SSI Graduate Scholar Thesis Grant 

This program is designed for graduate students completing a thesis, project, or dissertation. The purpose of these awards are to support graduate students who engage in research or creative activity through their thesis, projects or dissertations. The SSI Graduate Thesis Grant provides up to $2,000 to support student's academic growth and development.

Deadline: March 24th, 2017

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SSI Graduate Innovative Scholars Fund 

This program is designed to support graduate students completing an interdisciplinary project, which identifies an unsolved problem related to any discipline and proposes a solution. Funds from the Graduate Innovative Scholars Fund, if awarded, must be used to support this innovative research project.The grant is a one-time award set at a maximum $3,500.

Deadline: March 10th, 2017

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Existing Programs

Student Grants

The Student Grants are designed to fund costs associated with faculty mentors, student-based research projects or creative activities outside the classroom. All students are eligible to apply. Students must be in good academic standing and registered as a full-time at CSUSB.

The maximum amount of $500 may be awarded per student. 

Deadline: February 10th, 2017

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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)

Are you planning on conducting research or attending a conference? The Student Research and Travel (SRT) program supports undergraduate and graduate students 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:  February 9, 2017; April 27, 2017.

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OSR Summer Research Program

Earn money this summer by conducting research! The OSR Summer Research Program is a 10-week program that provides funding and resources to support undergraduates and their faculty mentors. The 10-week program includes workshops, a social event, and a conference where teams will present their research and creative activities to the campus community. 

Deadline: February 17th, 2017

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Events and Workshops

The CSUSB Student Research Competition gives students the opportunity to develop their presentation and communication skills while showcasing their scholarly achievements. Students present their research before a panel of judges; winners advance to the statewide CSU Research Competition, where they will compete against other outstanding scholars in the California State University system.

The CSUSB Student Research Competition will be held on Friday, February 24th, 2017. 

The deadline to apply is January 20th, 2017. 

Apply Now!

We are now accepting applications to present an oral, poster, exhibit or performance during our 6th Annual "Meeting of the Minds" Student Research Symposium on May 18th, 2017.

The "Meeting of the Minds' is a one-day event that allows students from all disciplines to present their research or creative activities to the campus community. All students are welcome to apply. 

Participants should plan to attend the reception and award ceremony, where best oral, poster and exhibit will be announced. Winners will receive an award and special prize!

Deadline to apply is March 3rd, 2017. 

Apply Now! 
Upcoming Workshops
For a complete list of our workshops for this quarter, please visit our webpage

What is Research? 


This workshop will overview the multiple programs that are offered through the Office of Student Research and will explain how research is conducted.

Date: January 11th, 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: CE 209

Choosing & Developing a Research Topic


This presentation will provide suggestions on finding a research topic. It will outline how a topic can be identified and how to proceed with the research process.

Date: January 17th, 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: UH 240

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. 

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.

Spring, February 8th, 2017

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