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.
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. Information about AY 2018-19 awards will be available in August 2018.
2017-18 Award Announcement (closed)2017-18 Application Form (Download .zip file containing .docx application)2017-18 Departmental Commitment Form2017-18 FlyerPost-Award Reporting Form Webinar 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 2017 is closed. Information about Summer 2018 internships will be available in January 2018.
Summer 2017 Announcement and
Application FormSummer 2017 Flyer
More about the Summer Internship Program
Previous InternsSummer 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.
The application period for AY 2017-18 is open.
- Funding for travel occurring before January 1, 2018 has been spent.
- Funding for travel occurring January 1-June 30, 2018 is still available.
- We cannot accept any more applications to the SICB Annual Meeting (January 2018, San Francisco).
Student Travel Award Announcement (updated 9/22/17)Application 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.
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