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The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is a leader in undergraduate and graduate student research. Housed in a complex that includes the recently completed, state-of-the-art Hall of Science, the Molecular and Life Sciences Center, the Microbiology Building, and Faculty Office 3, the college's six departments offer 22 degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

CNSM Spotlights

  • The Press Telegram reports on the recent findings of Rachel Flores, a Biology major in the Livingston Lab and CSULB senior, who has been researching sea stars and urchins skeleton formation to help develop understanding and possible treatment for osteoporosis.
  • It's on CSULB's Beach TV: Bugs have the story! Join Dessie Underwood at the March 17, 2016 Fellows Colloquium as she tells us how bugs and diatoms can help us determine the health of our fresh water systems.
  • HHS 290 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Disparities. Are you interested in learning how we can help improve the health of our underserved communities? A new course is being offered that will expose you to the factors that put certain groups at increased risk for poor health outcomes, as well as the ways that research is trying to address those issues.
  • CSULB can proudly add a Silver LEED certification to the list of campus credits. The construction of the Hall of Science is recognized for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Hall of Science received the prestigious certification for the Building Design and Construction in 2014. The plaque has been added to wall inside the Hall of Science. HSCI LEED Silver plaque
  • CSULB alumnus Justin Fournier was awarded the 2015 Future Science Teacher Award at the California Science Teachers Association annual conference on October 3 in Sacramento.
  • Paul Buonora Featured in this month's Inside CSULB is the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program as it enters its second decade at CSULB directed by Paul Buonora, Ph.D., and Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. RISE aims to help reduce the existing gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students. Buonora notes that the financial support the program provides is key: "...In the last two years we have had 75 percent of RISE students go on to a Ph.D. program... We like to think that a lot of that is because we are training them to be researchers making them better applicants for doctorate programs."

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Upcoming Events, Spring 2016

Date Details
February 18 Scholarship Application Deadline for: G2 Software Systems Scholarship, Glenn M. Nagel Undergraduate Research Fellowship, James L. Jensen Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and James Stephenson Scholarship.
February 25 Scholarship Application Deadline for Carl E Riley Endowed STEM Award.
March 1 37th Annual Nobel Laureate Lecture. Speaker: Sir Richard Roberts, awarded for discovery of split genes. USU Ballroom. General Lecture: 11am-12pm. Technical Lecture: 4pm-5pm. All students and faculty are invited to attend.
March 17 Fellows Colloquium: Ask the Bugs! - Assessing water quality and stream ecology through the lens of biodiversity. Presenter: Dr. Dessie Underwood. View YouTube promotional video
March 18 Latino Health Equity Conference, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., University Student Union Ballrooms
March 31 Cesar Chavez Day (Campus Closed).
May 6 Last Day of Spring Classes.
May 9-
May 14
Final Exams.
May 17-
May 20
Commencement Ceremonies.
May 20 Last Day of Spring Semester.

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