Scholarships and Funded Support

The following opportunities exist for students in the Physics & Astronomy Department to receive scholarships and other funded support.

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Beach Scholarships

Continuing physics 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.

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.

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 in the Physics & Astronomy Department:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.