Undergraduate Research Programs

CSULB has several undergraduate research programs that sponsors students from a wide array of disciplines. For more information on which program best suits your research interests, take the CSULB Undergraduate Research Program Questionnaire

This survey does not guarantee admission to any program nor does it serve as an application to any of the programs. Being involved in a research program is a great way to get involved in research but it is not the only way to engage in research with CSULB faculty. You can reach out to individual faculty whose work you are interested in and ask them about opportunities that may exist to join their research team.

Undergraduate Research Programs

ProgramDescriptionStudent Level

 

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Advancing Nutrition Development through Alliances for Leadership and Education


ÁNDALE

Advancing Nutrition Development through Alliances for Leadership & Education Scholars Program

The Advancing Nutrition Development through Alliance for Education and Leadership (ÁNDALE) Latino Research Training Program aims to train fifty (50) underrepresented undergraduate students in Latino nutrition and disease prevention, enhance their professional development, and engage them in research with a faculty mentor in an effort to better prepare them to enter graduate school or the workforce.
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior (with fall graduation date)

 

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ASCEND: AANAPI Student Success Center & Development program

ASCEND: AANAPI Student Success Center & Development Program

 

The Asian-American, Native American and Pacific Islander (AANAPI) Student Success Center & Development (ASCEND)

The Asian-American, Native American and Pacific Islander (AANAPI) Student Success Center & Development (ASCEND) Program is established to foster supportive, equitable and empowering learning environment for all campus individuals to actively engage in academic achievement and social justice that will lead to student success and University of tomorrow. The ASCEND Program is fully funded by the US Department of Education for 5 years, starting in 2022.Undergraduates in their last two years of undergraduate degree training

BISC

Biotechnology Internships in Stem Cell Research

This program trains advanced bachelor's, post-baccalaureate, and master's students in the theory and techniques of stem cell research for the development of therapies. Ten interns will be selected annually to complete the paid second year of a two-year stem cell track of the Biotechnology Certificate Program at CSULB. These interns will each receive a $30,000 stipend plus up to $7,000 tuition to perform full-time research on one of more than thirty laboratories at Cedars-Sinai, City of Hope, or UCI.
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Transfer
  • Graduate

 

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Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity BUILD

BUILD

Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity

CSULB BUILD Program offers intensive research training opportunities for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a research 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 facing our communities and our nation.
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Transfer

 

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CHAAT

Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies

Performs ongoing research to measure human performance in complex systems such as the Next Generation Airspace Transportation System (NextGen). We also participate in the training of the future workforce in aeronautics and other NASA-related disciplines, through the training of students in human factors.
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Transfer
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Doctoral Diversity Initiative

DDI

Doctoral Diversity Initiative

The UCSD-CSULB Doctoral Diversity Initiative (DDI) program offers excellent opportunities for undergraduate students from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to gain research experience and for Ph.D. students/postdocs from UC San Diego (UCSD) to pursue academic careers in primarily undergraduate institutes. We aim to increase diversity in the field of materials science by providing training opportunities. Students from an underrepresented background are extremely encouraged to apply.Undergraduates in their last two years of undergraduate degree training
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KURE Logo: Reads "A KURE to the Problem"

KURE Incubator

Keck Undergraduate Research Experiences Incubator

The Keck Undergraduate Research Experiences (KURE) Incubator program infuses the CSULB curriculum with authentic research experiences in key lower division laboratory courses.
 

KURE Summer Bridge Program: Participating students will be part of a team conducting research on environmental toxins that are common in household items or products.

 

KURE Transfer Bridge Program: Participating students will receive up to $7200 for 10 weeks of research work. All participants will attend a 1-week orientation that includes an introduction to research at The Beach and preparation/training to work in a research lab. They will then join a research lab for the remaining 9 weeks of the program.

KURE Summer Bridge Program: 

  • High school students who are planning to enroll in a science or math major at CSULB
  • Freshman*
  • Sophomore*
    *Must be majoring in science or math at CSULB

KURE Transfer Bridge Program: 

  • Transfer
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LAEP

Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP)

For undergraduate and credential students from underrepresented backgrounds to earn money while gaining experience related to their fields of study or career objectives they want to explore. All on-campus LAEP jobs are required to have a research component and faculty/staff supervision. LAEP is available during Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Transfer
  • Credential 

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LINK

Leveraging Interdisciplinary Nutritional Knowledge (LINK)

The LINK Program is a collaboration between five Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Southern California: two 4-year universities, California State University (CSU) Long Beach and CSU Fullerton, and three 2-year community colleges (CC) including Fullerton, Long Beach City, and Santa Ana Colleges. The LINK Program will promote the success of 26 underrepresented (UR) students in the food and human sciences professional and scientific workforce emphasizing Latino nutrition through outreach, mentoring, education, support services, research, and professional internships with community partners.Incoming CC transfer or Master's Student

 

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CSU LSAMP

LSAMP

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

CSU-LSAMP is sponsored both by the National Science Foundation and the California State University, providing a statewide program for the enhancement of math and science skills for students who have faced or face social, educational, or economic barriers, majoring in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM). LSAMP at CSU Long Beach promotes academic year research fellows, and summer research fellows, and offers financial support for summer research opportunities, including NSF-REUs and LSAMP-funded international research programs.
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Transfer

 

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McNairs Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Program

Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is a TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and designed to prepare and support underrepresented undergraduate students in their pursuit of doctoral studies.
  • Junior
  • Senior

 

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MMUF

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship selects a cohort of fellows to join the previously selected cohorts of rising and graduating senior fellows, where they are provided with mentoring and financial support as they prepare for entry into Ph.D. programs and eventual careers as scholars and faculty members. The program includes mentoring, graduate school preparation, and fellowship stipends.
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Transfer

 

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OURS Connects

Office of Undergraduate Research Services Connects

OURS Connects is a program that offers all undergraduate students the chance to participate in the research and creative process with faculty as volunteer research assistants.
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Transfer

Summer Student Research Assistantship

Office of Research and Economic Development's Summer Student Research Assistantship

This program is designed to encourage student participation in a broad range of scholarly and academic activities and is open to eligible undergraduates and graduates from all disciplines and academic areas of study. The assistantship provides financial support during the summer intersession months to undertake full-time research and scholarly activities in collaboration with a Faculty Research Mentor (Tenured/tenure track faculty, or Lecturer with a Tenured/tenure track faculty/Department Chair as Co-Mentor).
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Transfer
  • Graduate

 

U-RISE

Undergraduate Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement

The NIH T34 Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE)’s objective is to increase diversity in future scientific and biomedical research by training undergraduate students (majoring in Physical and Biological Sciences, Psychology, and Engineering) to enter and succeed in graduate programs and beyond. Our two-year program offers an elevated research-infused academic education, immersive research experience, graduate school preparation, and professional development activities.

 

 

 

  • Sophomore
  •  Junior
  •  Transfer

    *Must have two or more years left in the degree.

 

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UROP

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

A 1-2 year program that offers first and second-year students the chance to participate in the research and creative process with faculty.
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore