Undergraduate Research Programs
The following programs are available for CSULB undergraduate students.
The Beckman Scholars Program aims to advance the education, research training, and personal development of students with the potential to achieve distinction in their academic field, as well as become outstanding leaders in their careers and professions. Support is provided for four students working toward bachelor's degrees in chemistry or biology in the form of student stipends, laboratory supplies and funds for travel to appropriate scientific meetings.
Funded by the NIH, this program designed to strengthen the relationship that exists between two key community colleges, Long Beach City College and Cerritos Community College, and CSULB. The major focus of this summer program is to enhance the students' academic competitiveness. Selected students and faculty spend 9 weeks in the summer in CSULB laboratories participating in hands-on research. These experiences also provide a unique opportunity to take advantage of the latest scientific information through special seminars and field trips with industry partners.
The CSULB BUILD Program offers intensive research training opportunities for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in health-related research. Health-related research uses innovative methods to examine the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases to improve health and well-being. It is conducted across a number of different disciplines (e.g., engineering and the behavioral, biological, clinical, physical, public health and social sciences) and can include basic, applied and translational approaches to studying several health issues. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), BUILD is committed to providing exceptional research and skills training to the next generation of scientists in order to advance scientific knowledge and technology contributing to the improvement of every individual's health in the U.S., as well as around the world.
Sponsored by the NSF Foundation the goal of CSULB LSAMP is to enhance math and science skills for minority students majoring in science, technology, mathematics and engineering to enable them to successfully complete their academic degree program towards careers in the STEM disciplines. This program involves a cooperative effort between CSULB and Cerritos College, and includes a three-week summer workshop designed to prepare students for enrollment in calculus during the upcoming academic year and to support student involvement in activities that enhance graduate school readiness.
Funded by the NIH, the MARC program aims to increase the number of well-trained students from underrepresented groups who enter research careers in biomedicine. Biomedical research is broadly defined to include biology, microbiology, physiology and kinesiology, biochemistry, neuropsychology, immunology, genetics and molecular biology, behavior, mathematics, anthropology, chemistry, bioengineering and biophysics.
Sponsored by a grant from the NIH, the RISE program aims to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of students in pursuit of biomedical research careers. Two distinct programs exist to meet the unique academic needs and professional demands of the biomedical research field.
UROP is a one-year program that offers first and second-year students the chance to participate in the research and creative process with faculty. Applications are submitted online. Once students have been admitted and have met with a UROP advisor at the August enrollment seminar, they will begin searching for a research project among UROP's list of faculty research sponsors and projects. Students are encouraged to look broadly for projects and keep an open mind when reviewing project listings.
Fall Semester: Students who are admitted to the program attend a one-unit research seminar (UNIV 296) during the Fall semester to learn about: research methods, research ethics, cutting edge research, and skill building topics, such as writing for research purposes, how to conduct a literature review, effective library use, and an introduction to using computers and technology to support research.
Spring Semester: In Spring, students conduct research or creative work with a faculty member and present their research at the CSULB Student Research Symposium. They also enroll in an advanced research seminar (UNIV 297) that focuses on supporting successful research placements, career exploration and major preparation and success.