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Scholars-In-Training Program


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!
$1,500 stipend provided for Spring 2018
Application deadline: December 8, 2017

This new 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 graduate student mentors at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. The undergraduate student participants will assist the graduate students with their thesis research and gain valuable hands on experience during a critical time in their undergraduate careers. ​Undergraduate participants are expected to work 10-15 hours per week and will receive a $1,500 stipend at the end of Spring semester. 

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. ​

Program Timeline: 

December 2017-January 2018: CSUMB undergraduate students apply and are matched with mentors

January 2018: Undergraduates begin reading mentor’s proposal and background literature

​Spring Semester 2018: Undergraduates assist graduate student mentors with research

Graduate Research Projects:

1. Cryptic Seaweed: Distribution, photobiology and lifecycle of Pyropia nereocystis

2. Saving up: Resource storage in stalked kelp (Pterygophora californica)

Application Details:

Apply now! Complete the Application Form and submit to

Applications are due Friday December 8, 2017.

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

Beth Pardieck, COAST Coordinator

Building 53, Room S-122B,, (831) 582-4209