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 has initiated 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 CSUMB and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories graduate student mentors during the academic year. Undergraduate students will assist graduate students with their thesis research and gain valuable hands on experience during a critical time in their undergraduate careers. Financial support is provided to both undergraduate students and graduate student mentors to facilitate participation in the program by historically underrepresented minority, first-generation and low-income students. 

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 undergraduate students. Students must maintain a 2.75 overall GPA to participate in the program. 

2018-19 Program Timeline: 

June 2018: Graduate students apply to be mentors during AY 2018-19

Fall 2018: First and second year CSUMB undergraduates apply and are matched with a mentor

Winter Break: Undergraduates begin reading mentor's proposal and background literature

Spring 2019: Undergraduates assist graduate student mentors with research 10-15 hours per week


Apply to be an undergraduate Scholar-In-Training today!

Learn more about being a graduate student mentor

Learn more about the Scholars-In-Training Pilot Program

Scholar Cohorts: 2018 ​​| 2017