Scholarships and Funded Support

The following opportunities exist for students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) to receive scholarships and other funded support.

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Beach Scholarships

Continuing CNSM students may be eligible for a number of scholarship opportunities. 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 CNSM for any questions about these scholarships.

Departmental Scholarships

Departmental scholarships are available at the department links listed below. These scholarships are more specific to the majors that fall under the department.

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.

Summer Research Assistantships

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 assistantships, by department:

  • Biological Sciences
    • Richard Thomas Dunlop Parker Summer Research Assistantship
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • Dr. Leslie K. Wynston Summer Research Assistantship
    • John H. Stern Summer Research Assistantship
  • Physics & Astronomy
    • Margaret Heeb Summer Research Assistantship in honor of Wilma Jordan
    • Google Summer Research Assistantship
    • Department of Physics & Astronomy Summer Research Assistantship
    • Gisela and Wilfried Eckhardt Summer Research Assistantships
    • Keung Kai Luke Undergraduate Summer Research Assistantships
    • Keung Kai Luke Graduate Summer Research Assistantships

Funded Research Programs

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.
  • Doctoral Diversity Initiative (DDI) partners with UCSD to increase diversity of students successfully completing Ph.D. programs and entering leadership positions in academia in the field of materials science. Available to CSULB undergraduate students. Funded by the UC Chancellor's Office. Deadline to apply: April 1, 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.

On-Campus Funding

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.