Scholarships and Funded Support
The following opportunities exist for students in the Biological Sciences Department to receive scholarships and other funded support.
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Continuing biology students may be eligible for a number of scholarship opportunities. Most of these scholarships are applied to through the BeachScholarships system, the centralized database of all scholarship opportunities at California State University, Long Beach.
The following scholarships are typically available in early spring. Spring 2023 deadline is March 13, 2023. Please see individual scholarships for eligibility criteria. Students may be eligible for more scholarships than are listed here. Please contact the department for any questions about these scholarships.
- Bennet and Peggy Kayser Student Award: supports undergraduate students with research expenses associated with field research.
- D.E. Gress Endowed Summer Research Fellowship: supports microbiology graduate students.
- Donald Reish Student Research Grant Endowed Scholarship: supports undergraduate and graduate students doing research in marine biology.
- Dr. Vern Eveland Memorial Award: supports graduate students doing research in microbiology.
- Frank Schatzlein Endowed Student Award: supports undergraduate students who have an emphasis in cellular physiology.
- Fred and Susan Lauzier Endowed Scholarship: supports microbiology undergraduate students.
- Linda Lee Warren Graham Endowed Scholarship: supports microbiology undergraduate and graduate students.
- Loomis Memorial Endowment for Graduates: supports biology graduate students doing research.
- Los Angeles Rod & Reel Club Grad Research: supports graduate students doing research in marine biology.
The following scholarship is also available. This scholarship is not in the BeachScholarships system.
Handloser Graduate Tuition Grant Program in Marine Biology For Entering Graduate Students
The primary goal of the Handloser Graduate Tuition Grant Program in Marine Biology is to support entering graduate students pursuing a Master's Degree, who have been accepted under the supervision of a marine biology faculty. The tuition grant is offered on a competitive basis for the Fall of each year to at least one outstanding entering graduate student accepted to the Department of Biological Sciences, who will be working on marine biology-related research. The award will cover the cost of California in-state tuition for the recipients first two semesters at CSULB. Recipients are expected to acknowledge the Handloser Graduate Tuition Grant Program in Marine Biology in any public presentations and publications resulting from their thesis work at CSULB.
Criteria for Award and Selection Process
The tuition grant is to be offered to outstanding entering graduate students in the field of Marine Biology at CSULB and is to be used to pay their in-state tuition costs for a the first two semesters. The awardees will be chosen based upon academic merit according to the following criteria:
- The student must be accepted into the graduate program of the Department of Biological Sciences at CSULB to be eligible for the award. All application materials (University application submitted via Cal State Apply, and Department application, transcripts, and Handloser Tuition Grant application essay submitted via email to BioGradAdmission@csulb.edu, including the words "Handloser applicant" in the subject line) must be complete and received by January 15 to be considered for the tuition grant.
- An eligible student will be evaluated and ranked based on his/her undergraduate science/math GPA, one letter of recommendation that the student must request from the supervising CSULB Marine Biology faculty member, other letters of recommendation that are submitted as part of the Department graduate program application, evidence of publications or other research experience, and the quality of Handloser Tuition Grant application essay. The application essay will consist of a 750-word narrative where the applicant will describe her/his research interests and career goals (see application form).
- The awards are to be granted only to students starting in the fall semester and must be used in their first year. The award is to cover only the cost of in-state tuition for the first two semesters.
Award recipients will be notified of the tuition grant offer by mid-February along with the Department acceptance letter. The prospective awardee(s) will have until March 15 to respond in writing declaring their intention to attend CSULB and accept the tuition grant.
Out of state prospective students are eligible to apply for the tuition grant and, if offered, will be awarded the equivalent of California in-state tuition costs. The supervising CSULB Marine Biology faculty member can request an out-of-state tuition waiver from the University for the applicant. These awards are also made on a competitive basis.
All application materials MUST be received by the Department of Biological Sciences no later than January 15.
Additional Scholarships for Science and Math Majors
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics maintains a list of additional scholarships that are available to science and math majors.
Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is the official hub for scholarship information at CSULB. The office collects, organizes, and distributes information on hundreds of external scholarships as well as administers university scholarships for the campus. Explore CSULB Scholarships.
Please note that the current application cycle is finished for summer research assistantships.
Summer Research Assistantships are awarded to students seeking opportunities to pursue paid mentored research opportunities with faculty in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
- Demonstrated merit and strong potential to carry out research in one of the following departments:
- Biological Sciences
- Chemistry & Biochemistry
- Physics & Astronomy
- Continuing graduate or undergraduate student with planned enrollment for Fall 2023 semester
- Research plan approved and signed by faculty research mentor
Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 24, 2023 by 11:59pm (extended).
Note: summer research assistantships are paid employment and subject to state and federal taxes. Opportunities for employment are competitive and will be awarded following committee review.
The application includes the following assistantship in the Biological Sciences Department:
- Richard Thomas Dunlop Parker Summer Research Assistantship
The following student research programs may offer stipends, provide tuition support, cover the costs of travel and attendance to conferences, or offer other funded support for CSULB students. Many programs have a joint application with other similar programs. Please see the individual programs for more details.
- Bridges to the Doctorate (BTD) partners with UC Irvine to produce a seamless and supportive bridge to the Ph.D. for underrepresented and underserved CSULB graduate students interested in biomedical research careers. Funded by NIH. Review of applications starts April 1, 2023.
- Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) offers intensive, hands-on research and training opportunities for undergraduate students designed to prepare them to excel in doctoral programs, as well as health-related research careers. Funded by NIH. Deadline to apply: March 3, 2023.
- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is part of a statewide effort to enhance the math and science skills of undergraduate students who have faced or face social, educational, or economic barriers, and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Funded by NSF. Deadline to apply for funded support: March 3, 2023.
- MD Alumni Research Program supports undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who plan to enter and succeed in medical school programs. Funded by a CSULB MD Alum. Deadline to apply: March 3, 2023.
- Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) is designed to support motivated undergraduate students interested in developing careers as professional research scientists in biomedical and behavioral science fields. Funded by NIH. Deadline to apply: March 3, 2023.
The Graduate Center maintains a list of on-campus funding opportunities. Most of the opportunities are aimed at graduate students, but a few are also available to undergraduate students.