Summer Research Program

The OSR’s Summer Research Program provides funding and resources to support undergraduates who are interested in any research projects or scholarly activities related to their field. The ten-week program begins the first week of summer and includes a series of workshops designed to develop students’ research and presentation skills and help them prepare for graduate school. The Summer Research Program culminates in an undergraduate research conference where students will present their findings.


The role of faculty in the summer program is crucial. Each faculty member will mentor between two and three students. Any full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty from any department is welcome to apply. Part-time, non-lecturer faculty may serve as collaborators on the research project.


If awarded, faculty will receive a stipend of $5,000. Faculty involved in the program are asked to limit their summer session teaching to one course during the program to adequately mentor the students. The faculty member is also invited to meet with the students regularly each week.


All undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Each student is required to devote 20 hours a week working on his/her project or creative activities and participating in OSR activities. Students will be paid $14.00 an hour.

Deadline: March 12th, 2018

Summer Research Program Guidelines

Budget Sheet

Submit Application


2016-2017 Summer Research Participants

College of Arts and Letters

Dr. Mihaela Popescu with Graciela Troche

Algorithmic taste: Cultural algorithms and the formation of cultural identity

College of Business and Public Administration

Dr. Alexandru Roman with Bin Wang

Deconstructing the “Black Box” of Organizational Innovation

College of Education

Dr. Nancy Acevedo-Gil with Maria Lias Morena, David Solis, Osmara Cortez, and Hector Garcia

Developing and Fostering College-Going Practices at an Under-Resourced High

School: A Mixed-Methods Case Study

College of Natural Sciences

Dr. Angie Denisse Otiniano Verissimo with Martin Ibarra, Xilonem Montoya, Gema

Gonzalez, and Cassandra Romero

Responses to Discrimination and Their Impact on Latinx Health

Dr. Daniel Nickerson with Michael Warn, Sajida Sayed, and Miguel Gutierrez

Engineering novel enzyme-coupled molecular probes to study protein-protein

interactions and peroxisome formation in yeast cells

Dr. Tomasz Owerkowicz with Felix Maya, Celina Bravo, Kevin Kleine, and Jeniree


The Jabberwocky Gator: importance of the caudofemoralis muscle to crocodilian


Dr. Nicole Bournias-Vardiabasis with Alex Vasquez, Gurnoor Kaur, and Vianey Zavala

A Drosophila melanogaster model for investigating molecular and cellular

mechanisms of Traumatic Brain Injury

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Michael Lewin with Khalil San Martinez, Kaela Bonafede, Javeen Beard, and Cecilia


Contemporary Laboratory Research of Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety: Virtual

Reality and Cognitive Processing Assessment in Analog Populations

Dr. Donna Garcia with Amber Olsen, Jasmine Lopez, Dana Alami, and Joana Leal

Identifying the Intersecting Role of Gender and Ethnicity in Student and Faculty

Outcomes in STEM Majors and Departments at CSUSB

2015-16 Summer Participants

2014-15 Summer Participants