Scholars-In-Training Pilot Program Undergraduate Student Information


Calling all first and second year CSU Monterey Bay undergraduates: Are you looking for your FIRST research opportunity in marine or coastal science?
Apply to the CSU COAST Scholars-In-Training Program!!

Exclusively for first and second year undergraduates with NO PRIOR research experience!
Earn up to $1,500 for Spring 2019
Application deadline: October 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PDT

This program aims to increase CSU undergraduate student participation in marine, coastal and coastal watershed based research. We pair first and second year CSUMB undergraduate students with no prior research experience with graduate student mentors (Mentor) at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. The undergraduate student participants will assist the Mentors with their thesis research and gain valuable hands on experience during a critical time in their undergraduate careers. ​

Please review the Research Projects listed below (click on each link for a detailed project description). You may choose up to three projects to apply to. Mentors will review applications and interview applicants in November 2018. All applicants will be notified of their status by December 3, 2018. 

Successful applicants will begin working with their Mentor at the end of Fall Semester 2018. Undergraduate students will read background literature and their Mentor's proposal over Winter Break. During Spring Semester 2019, undergraduate students will assist Mentors with their research. Undergraduate students are expected to work 10-15 hours per week at $15/hour.  

Undergraduate students who complete the Scholars-In-Training program in their first or second year will be eligible to receive up to $3,000 to support their own independent research projects during their third or fourth years, and can also apply to be mentors to younger undergraduate students. ​


To participate in this program you must meet ALL of the following conditions:

    • Be in your first or second year of your undergraduate degree at CSUMB (i.e., have completed no more than 60 semester units or 90 quarter units or any combination thereof, including units taken at two-year or any other four-year institutions). 
    • Have no prior research experience. 
    • Be enrolled for both Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 terms. 

Research Projects:

Project 1: Can algae be used to create clean energy?

Project 2: Cryptic seaweed: distribution, photobiology and lifecycle of Pyropia nereocystis

Project 3: Effects of ocean acidification and low dissolved oxygen on larval rockfish

Project 4: Spiny lobsters inside and outside of marine protected areas

Project 5: What do catsharks eat? (Hint: not micesharks!)

Application Details:

Apply now! Complete the Application Form and submit to csucoast@csumb.edu.

Applications are due Monday October 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PDT.

For more information, please see the Scholars-In-Training Pilot Program page or contact:

Ms. Kimberly Jassowski, Program Support Coordinator

Building 53, Room S-122B, kjassowski@csumb.edu​​​, (831) 582-4209

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