Through funding from the CSU Chancellor’s Office and each individual CSU campus, COAST provides support to CSU undergraduate and graduate students with the goals of enhancing educational experiences and supporting student success and professional development. If you have any questions regarding the programs below after reading the program announcements, please see the Student Funding FAQ.
COAST provides support to CSU graduate students engaged in marine, estuarine, coastal and coastal watershed research with CSU COAST faculty members. These awards support students interested in pursuing marine-related careers and provide them with the opportunity to obtain the skills necessary to join a highly skilled, technologically advanced workforce while promoting and supporting CSU faculty research.
The application period for AY 2017-18 is closed. The schedule for AY 2018-19 is as follows:
Congratulations to the 2017-18 Graduate Student Research Awardees!
2017-18 Award Announcement (closed)2017-18 Application Form (Download .zip file containing .docx application)2017-18 Departmental Commitment Form2017-18 FlyerPost-Award Reporting FormWebinar Slides (9/27/17)
Examples of highly ranked applications from prior years
COAST partners with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and industry to provide paid summer internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students. Interns work side-by-side with professionals on current projects throughout California. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and learn technical skills while working with professional marine scientists, field biologists, and policy experts.
The application period for Summer 2018 is closed. Information about Summer 2019 Internships will be available in January 2019.
Summer 2018 Announcement and
Application Form (closed)
More about the Summer Internship Program |
Photo Gallery |
Past Intern Products
Previous InternsSummer 2018 | Summer 2017 | Summer 2016 |
Summer 2015 |
Summer 2014 |
Summer 2013 |
Summer 2012 |
COAST provides travel support for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students to attend and present the results of original marine, coastal and coastal watershed research at scientific meetings and conferences.
Applications for AY 2018-19 are now being accepted.
Student Travel Award AnnouncementApplication FormDepartmental Commitment FormPost Award Reporting Form
Application deadline: No less than 60 days prior to scheduled departure date, OR your internal campus deadline for international travel, whichever is greater. No less than 30 days prior to scheduled departure date for domestic travel, OR your internal campus deadline for domestic travel, whichever is greater. US Territories are considered international for this purpose.
State travel ban: Please note that per CSU Travel Policy and Assembly Bill 1887, COAST cannot support travel to certain states. Please see this
CSU Memo for more details and a list of states on the travel ban list.
The Undergraduate Student Research Support Program provides $2,500 annually directly to EACH campus to support marine, coastal and coastal watershed related research by CSU undergraduate students. Campus Representatives implement the program on their campus. Interested undergraduate students should contact their faculty advisors to learn more and get involved.
2017-18 Program Description and Guidance 2017-18 Campus Interim Report Template
2017-18 Campus Final Report Template2017-18 Student Final Report Template
2017-18 Key Dates: 09/01/17 Project period start date 01/15/18 Interim campus report due to COAST 05/15/18 Final campus report due to COAST 06/15/18 Reports from students
not working over the summer due on or before this date 08/31/18 Project period end date 09/17/18 Reports from students working over the summer due on or before this date
2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Awards Report 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Awards Report 2014-2015 Undergraduate Research Awards Report