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CSU Statewide Research Networks & Programs

CSUPERB: CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology

The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) is a CSU system-wide program involving students and faculty from Life, Physical, Computer and Clinical Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture, Math and Business departments at the CSU's 23 campuses. CSUPERB mobilizes and supports collaborative CSU student and faculty research with opportunities for research funding. Biotechnology in CSUPERB is a broad concept, encompassing study and research in diverse areas including biofuels, bioengineering, clinical laboratory sciences, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and stem cell research.

Make your plans now! CSUPERB is celebrating the 26th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, 9-11, 2014 at the Anaheim Marriot Hotel. The symposium brings CSU students, faculty and administrators together, as well as biotech professionals working in academia, government and industry. The program will feature two Poster sessions, a Career Networking session, a Graduate School Information session, and Award Talk sessions featuring student speakers competing for Symposium Awards.

There will be two poster sessions at the symposium. The poster abstract submission deadline is Monday, October 7, 2013.

Essential abstract review criteria:

  • Should include original data and results
  • Should be readable and present ideas with clarity
  • Should use correct spelling and punctuation
  • Poster titles should be descriptive (limit 255 characters)
  • Abstract body: 2500 characters in length (including spaces)

Presenting student authors will receive a registration code within the email notifying them of their poster acceptance. Registration fees are $50.00 for students and $75.00 for faculty. Registration includes lodging and meals provided by CSUPERB at the Anaheim Marriot. Additional information regarding travel reimbursement for presenting student authors is available at the CSUPERB registration page.

Students and faculty may apply for a range of awards that will be presented at the CSU Biotechnology Symposium:

Student Awards

Deadline to Apply Award Maximum Award Details
October 7, 2013 Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award $1750 This award is designed to foster excellence in graduate student research throughout the CSU system in biotechnology-related research covering a broad range of topics in cellular, molecular, chemical and physical studies of the life sciences. It is named after Professor Don Eden (SFSU) who held his students, colleagues and himself to the highest standards of excellence in research. Prof. Eden's own research was in biophysics and physical biochemistry.
October 7, 2013 Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Research Award $1750 This award is aimed at fostering excellence in undergraduate student research throughout the California State University system in biotechnology-related research covering a broad range of topics in cellular, molecular, and biochemical life sciences. The award is named after Dean Glenn Nagel (CSULB), who worked throughout his career to promote high-quality undergraduate research.
October 7, 2013 Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Award $1750 This award is designed to acknowledge outstanding student teaching achievement by a CSU student in the biotechnology educational arena encompassing the interface of chemistry, biology, engineering, and business. This award is named after Professor Crellin Pauling (SFSU) for his extraordinary contributions to the training of teachers and scientists and his commitment to the creation of a scientifically literate electorate.
October 9, 2013 2014 Howell CSUPERB Research Scholars Award $3500
(Multiple awards are made.)
CSUPERB has entered into a partnership with the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women's Health Research to co-fund $3500 Research Scholars Awards for CSU undergraduate research students. Note: The Howell Foundation definition of women's health is very broad.

Faculty Awards

Deadline to Apply Award Maximum Award Details
October 7, 2013 Andreoli Faculty Service Award $1000 The Andreoli faculty Service Award honors a California State University (CSU) faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the development of biotechnology programs in the CSU system. Tenured and probationary faculty who have 5 years of service in the CSU are eligible. Nominations must be made by a CSU faculty colleague.
October 7, 2013 Faculty Research Award $1000 The Faculty Research Award honors a California State University (CSU) faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding scientific achievement in the CSU's biotechnology research effort. Tenured and probationary faculty who have 5 years of service in the CSU are eligible. Nominations must be made by a CSU faculty colleague.

Travel Awards

CSUPERB supports faculty and student travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites. Requests for Proposals (RFP) are issued in the Fall and the Spring. Please note that each round of grants will support travel within a 12-month window; there is a 6-month overlap between each round's travel window. This grant program does not make awards to support travel to the CSU Biotechnology Symposium.

Deadline to Apply Award Maximum Award Details
October 14, 2013 Faculty Travel - Fall $1500 Fall travel awards are for travel between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
October 14, 2013 Student Travel - Fall $1500 Fall travel awards are for travel between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
February 2014
(date tba)
Faculty Travel - Spring $1500 Spring travel awards are for travel between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
February 2014
(date tba)
Student Travel - Spring $1500 Spring travel awards are for travel between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

Grant Programs

CSUPERB grant programs are administered and managed for CSU faculty and students. Innovative proposals, encompassing the broad range of Biotechnology covered in the brief definition, "biotechnology is technology based on biology" are sought from CSU faculty and students in the life, physical, computer, and clinical sciences, engineering, agriculture, math, and entrepreneurship or business departments and programs who are working on projects that fuse biology and technology to "solve problems or make useful products."

Deadline to Apply Award Maximum Award Details
February 2014
(date tba)
Entrepreneurial Joint Venture Matching Grant Program $25,000 Aimed at providing matching funds for innovative joint ventures between CSU faculty and external partners (individuals, companies or institutions). Award notification will be in May 2014, and may be up to 18 months duration from the project start date (approximately June 1, 2014).
February 2014
(date tba)
Faculty-Student Collaborative Research: New Investigator Grant Program $15,000 Aimed at increasing the overall number of externally funded biotechnology research investigators across the CSU System. Open to CSU faculty who have yet to win their first external research grant Provides faculty with resources required not only to successfully compete for follow-on, externally funded grants, but also to involve CSU students in their scholarship and research programs.
Award notification will be in May 2014, and may be up to 18 months duration from the project start date (approximately June 1, 2014).
February 2014
(date tba)
Programmatic Grant Program: Biotechnology Curriculum Development, Faculty Workshops, and Facility Expansion $15,000 Aims to innovate educational practices in biotechnology (as defined in slide 2) and to support emerging technologies across the CSU. It will support development of innovative curriculum, novel teaching strategies, or shared facilities. Award notification will be in May 2014, and may be up to 18 months duration from the project start date (approximately June 1, 2014).
February 2014
(date tba)
Faculty-Student Collaborative Research: Development Grant Program $15,000 Aims to provide CSU faculty with continuing resources to fill gaps in external funding for ongoing projects OR to pilot new, as yet unfunded, research directions for established investigators. Award notification will be in May 2014, and may be up to 18 months duration from the project start date (approximately June 1, 2014).
March 17, 2014 Presidents' Commission Scholars Program $8,000 The Presidents' Commission Scholars program aims to support up to 10 undergraduate scholars during the summer of 2014. Scholars will conduct biotechnology-related laboratory-, field-, clinic- or community-based research. Awards will be in announced in April 2014.