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Scholars In Training Pilot Program


Through generous funding from the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions - Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Programs as part of a FY2016 award to CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB), COAST is launching a new program to increase CSU undergraduate student participation in marine, coastal and coastal watershed based research. The Scholars In Training pilot program will pair first and second year CSUMB undergraduate students with graduate student mentors at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. During the academic year, the undergraduate students will assist the graduate students with their thesis research and gain valuable hands on experience during a critical time in their undergraduate careers. ​

CSUMB undergraduate students who complete one year of the Scholars in Training pilot program will be eligible to receive additional COAST funds to support independent research projects during their third and fourth years, which will better prepare them to pursue advanced degrees or successfully enter the job market. They can also apply to be mentors to younger CSUMB undergraduate students. ​


​February 2017: MLML graduate students apply to be mentors during AY 2017-18

September 2017: CSUMB undergraduate students apply and are matched with mentors

November-December 2017: Undergraduates begin reading mentor’s proposal and background literature

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

More information​​ on the COAST Scholars In Training pilot program for MLML graduate student mentors

To apply, visit the CSUMB UROC Mentor page and scroll down to the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) - UROC Summer Research program section. Complete the MLML-UROC Mentor Approval Form 2017 and the Mentor & Project Intake Form 2017 and submit both forms directly to UROC via Carla Fresquez ( or the MLML Graduate Student Liaison, Elizabeth Ramsay ( Deadline: February 24, 2017.