Winter 2017 Newsletter (new)

Fall 2016 Newsletter

OSR Receives Funding from the Instructionally Related Activities Program

June 13th, 2017

The Office of Student Research has been awarded $4,955 to support the Peer Statistician program! The program is designed to assist students with data management, statistical analysis of data using statistical software (SPSS), and survey design and administration. The goal of the Peer Statistics Specialist program is to contribute to students overall development, through the improvement of their critical thinking, information literacy, creativity, quantitative and scientific reasoning, and effective communication skills.

Students in need of assistance can find more information about the program and schedule an appointment with our peer statistician here.


31st CSU Student Research Competition

Congratulations to Janhavi Dhargalkar took 1st place in the Social and Behavioural Sciences undergraduate category at this year's CSU Student Research Competition on April 28th and 29th held at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

The annual state-wide competition is held to promote excellence in undergaduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding students accomplishments throughout the twenty-three campuses of the CSU.

Students selected to represent CSUSB at this year's competition will be honored at the annual "Meeting of the Minds" Symposium reception on May 18th from 5:30-7 pm. If you would like to learn more information about this event, please visit our event webpage.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management: Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Progam Internships

The MSIPP Internships is a program to promote the education and development of the next generation workforce in critical science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) for full time students currently enrolled at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

Internships will run for approximately 10 weeks during the summer, and will be performed at one of the DOE national laboratories. Interns will complete research projects aligned with ongoing DOE efforts.  Students will also be involved in enrichment activities provided by the host laboratory.  These activities may include laboratory and site tours, professional development seminars, workshops, lectures, and even social or off-site activities. Participants will be compensated by either a stipend or salary, commensurate with cost of living at the location of the host laboratory. 

Application deadline is March 20th, 2017 at 11:59 ET.

CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service

The Cyber Security Center is now accepting applications for CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service, which will pay full tuition, books,  and a stipend to attend CSUSB for 2 or 3 years, for students finishing a bachelors degree and transitioning to a graduate program, prior to graduation.

Deadline for fall is May 1, 2017.

To find out more informaiton about this opportunity, please visit their Cyber Security webpage.

Apply to the 2017 Standford Research Conference!

Standford's annual Research Conference is now accepting applications from outstanding undergaduate students who are involved in academic research to apply. Travel stipends, food, and free housing will be provided. The deadline to apply is February 17th, 2017.

UC San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research Succes (STARS) Information Session Coming to CSUSB!

STARS is an 8-week mentored summer research program for undergraduate (including community college) students that will take place at UC San Diego from June 25 to August 18, 2017. The goal of STARS is to increase the diversity of students with research experience and prepare them for undergraduate and graduate studies. As part of the program, students work among leading faculty and researchers in a broad range of disciplines – from Biological Sciences to Computer Sciences to Psychology.  In addition to working on a research project full-time, students also participate in an intensive GRE preparation course, workshops about the graduate school application process, and social and cultural activities in beautiful San Diego. Additionally, round-trip airfare, campus housing, and a $3,000 stipend are provided.

Tuesday, November 15 at 2 pm in Biology 104

For more information about the program and to apply, please visit The application deadline is February 19, 2017. Download brochure.

Register Now!


"A Guide to Navigating Doctoral Programs for Women of Color"

October 18th, 2016

Time: 8-9 p.m. ET

Location: Online (click here to register)

Cost: Free

The Younger Women’s Task Force is thrilled to bring you A Guide to Navigating Doctoral Programs for Women of Color. This webinar is meant to be an open panel discussion for women who are interested in entering a doctoral program specifically in areas that are male dominated and/or lack colorful representation. We hope this is an opportunity for women to engage in a candid conversation about what it is really like for women of color to enter doctorate-level education.

Registration closes on October 14th at midnight PST.

Now Accepting Applications! (new)

Summer Mentoring  and Research Training: Methords in Neuroscience of Drug-Abuse (SMARTMIND)

The undergraduate summer research program will be held this upcoming summer at the University of Texas at El Paso. The SMARTMIND program will provide participants with a high quality experience that combines education, novel research in state-of-the-art facilities, training in bioethics, one-on-one and group mentoring, and training in other relevant professional skills.

Smart Mind

Faculty/Student Grants

We are now accepting applicatios for the faculty/student grants. Funds are designed to facilitate the initiation and/or development of collaborative research or creative activities between students and faculty. Maximum $1500. Deadline November 4th, 2016. Learn more .

Course Redesign

The Course Redesign program is committed to providing $4000 per course and/or program that be developed or redesigned to incorporate faculty/student research and creative activities. Deadline January 27th, 2017. Learn more.

CSUSB Student Research Competition

Participate in this year's competition for a chance to represent CSUSB at the CSU State-wide competition this spring at Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The competition will be held on February 24th, 2017 from 9:30am to 2:00pm in the Santos Manuel Student Union. Students interested in competing should submit an application by January 20th, 2017by 5:00pm. Learn more.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Showcasing the best in undergraduate research and creativie activities, this year's NCUR will be held at the University of Memphis, April 6-8, 2017. The deadline  for abstract submission is December 2nd, 2016, and conference registration deadline is February 19th, 2017. Learn more about the conference.

Peer Lab and Peer Research Consultant Programs for the 2016-17 academic year 

You may submit an application for any term, however, we will hold a second and third call for applications for the winter and spring quarters.

Fall deadline for Winter 2017: November 4th, 2016

Winter deadline for Spring 2017: February 8th, 2017

Peer Lab: Apply Here

Peer Research Consultant: Apply Here for the position

Please direct all questions to

Congratulations to the 2016 "Meeting of the Minds" Best Poster and Oral Presenters! (new)

Best Graduate Poster Presentations

1st Place Winner: Teresa Ubina (Dell Laptop and $250)

Title: Developmental Toxicity Testing of E-Cigarettes Using Drosophila melanogaster Embryonic Stem Cells

Faculty Mentor:


2nd Place Winners: Krista Rudberg, Andrea Moran, & Jessica Razo ($250)

Title: Dopamine Receptor Inactivation in the Caudateputamen and Nucleus Accumbens Differentially Affects the Locomotor Activity of Young Rats

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sanders McDougall

Best Undergraduate Poster Presentations

1st Place Winner: Christina Jap (Dell Laptop and $250)

Title: Modification of Croconic Acid Structure

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Renwu Zhang

2nd Place Winners: Zakkary Hudson and Channing Toomey ($250)

Title: Development of an In Vitro Protocol for Drosophila Melanogaster Midgut Cells

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nicole Bournias-Vardibasis


Best Graduate Oral Presentations

1st Place Winner: Francisca Ramirez (Dell Laptop and $250)

Title: Altered Sensitivity to the Rewarding Propertiesof Cocaine in Adult Female c57bl/6 Mice Exposed to Fluoxetine during Adolescence

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sergio Iniguez

2nd Place Winners: Ryan Radmall ($250)

Title: Measuring Metacognition: A Comparative Validity Study of the Learning Strategies and Self-Awareness Assessment

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Janet Kottke

Best Undergraduate Oral Presentations

1st Place Winner: Janhavi Dhargalkar (Dell Laptop and $250)

Title: Effects of Repeated SSRI Treatment on BDNF and TrkB Receptors in Adolescent Rats

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Crawford

2nd Place Winners: Israel Garcia ($250)

Title: Ketamine Exposure during Adolescence Increases Sensitivity to Cocaine in Adulthood

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sergio Iniguez

Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award Recipient

We are happy to announce that Lace Riggs, a student of Dr. Sergio Iniguez, won the prestigious Don Eden Graduate Student Award at this year's CSUPERB research conference. The Don Eden Graduate Student award fosters quality in research within the CSU system in biotechnology-related research. The award covers a broad range of themes in cellular, molecular, chemical, and physical studies of the life sciences.

For more information about the award and the competition, please visit CSU webpage here.


Where Are They Now?

Cal State San Bernardino’s recent graduate, Sean Ganther, has been selected to the extremely competitive and prestigious DDS/PhD dual program in Dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco.

Sean completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. As an undergraduate student, Sean showed great interest in research which he described as having played an essential role in his acceptance to this nationally recognized program.

Sean’s interest in research arose from the heartbreaking news that his grandfather had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Sean, who transferred from Riverside Community College and had been working toward a degree in Music, acknowledged how this diagnosis completely reframed his career and long-term aspirations. Sean now hopes to be an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon in hopes of serving his community.

As an undergraduate student, Sean participated in multiple programs that are offered through Graduate Studies and had travel funded by the Office of Student Research (OSR). He participated with the Summer Research Program alongside his mentor Dr. Nicole Bournias, presented at the Meeting of the Minds Symposium, and various research competitions.

“The Office of Student Research exposed me to higher levels of research,” said Sean. He explained that through this exposure, he was able to refine his public speaking skills as a presenter as well as his leadership skills as the head of a research project. “I am passionate about being an integral part of a group of people who are truly making the world a better place,” said Sean. Under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Bournias, Sean has worked in “isolating stem cells from the heart tube and liver cells of Drosophila melanogaster.” Through this interest in research, Sean was able to create a competitive graduate application and was accepted into his dream program.


The Office of Student Research is always so proud to share the accomplishments of faculty and students on campus in regards to their research and creative activity achievements. This month, we highlight Dr. Sergio Iniguez, Associate Professor of Psychology, and his team of students will be highlighted in the summer 2016 issue of the Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly Newsletter.

Their research "Fluoxetine Exposure during Adolescence Increases Preference for Cocaine in Adulthood" examines whether exposure to antidepressant Prozac (Fluoxetine) during adolescence would influence responses to drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, later in life. They found that adolescent exposure to Fluoxetine increases sensitivity to the rewarding properties of cocaine later in life. Further indicative that juvenile exposure to antidepressant medications may result in enduring side effects that could potentially influence drug-seeking behavior. The research was facilitated by the OSR and supported by the NIH-NIGMS Grant 1SC2GM109811.

Student Research Team

  • Lace M. Riggs, was a DIDARP (Diversity-promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Program) scholar in 2015 and is a master’s student in the General Experimental Psychology program.

  • Seven J. Nieto (2014) is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of Houston.

  • Norma N. Zamora (2013) was an undergraduate research volunteer and is currently in a Ph.D. program in pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Buffalo (SUNY).

  • Bryan Cruz, a RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) scholar in 2014, is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in neuroscience at the University of Texas at El Paso.

To read more about their research, please visit the Council of Undergraduate Research web page.

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