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Student Funding

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.​


Graduate Student Research Awards

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 Form
2017-18 Flyer
Post-Award Reporting Form
Webinar Slides​​ (9/27/17)

Examples of highly ranked applications from prior years

Previous awards


​Student Internships

COAST partners with state and federal agencie​s, 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 Applicatio​n Form
Summer 2017 Flyer​

More about the Summer Internship Program

Photo Gallery

Previous Interns
Summer 2017Summer 2016 | Summer 2015 | Summer 2014 | Summer 2013 | Summer 2012 | Summer 2011


Student Travel Awards

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 occur​ring 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 Form
Departmental Commitment Form
Post Award Reporting Form

Application deadline: No less than 60 days prior to scheduled departure date, OR your internal campus deadline for internat​ional 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, w​​hichever is greater. US Territories are considered international for this purpose.

Previous awards


Undergraduate Student Research Support Program

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 s​tudents 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 Template
2017-18 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

Previous awards

 
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