Research Opportunities

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The Office of Undergraduate Research identifies and develops research opportunities for CSUDH students on campus and at other institutions, during the academic year as well for summer research experiences. If you’re interested in doing research, the best place to start is to talk to your instructors! They are the disciplinary experts in their fields, and often can provide specialized guidance that is specific to your major. If you have questions about finding research opportunities, ask us! Our email is our@csudh.edu. You can also schedule a research advising appointment with the OUR Director, Dr. Terry McGlynn. CSUDH is supported by a breadth of research programs that are specifically designed to help undergraduates succeed in research and help them transition towards graduate school. Below are programs currently operating on and off campus, many of which work closely with the Office of Undergraduate Research. You may learn more about the eligibility and requirement of the programs using the links below.


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Cal-Bridge

This program provides research opportunities and support for  Physics and  Computer Science majors who are planning to enter a PhD program.

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LS-AMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation)

This program is provides funding for research supplies and travel, and workshops, for undergraduates interested in a research career in STEM.

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McNair Scholars

This program provides a stipend, and funding for supplies, travel, and supports students who are planning to pursue a PhD.

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Mellon Mays

This is a program fellowship support for students who intend to enroll in a PhD program in the humanities and social sciences (eligible majors: Africana Studies Anthropology, Art History, Chicano/a Studies, Communications, English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Spanish, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology).

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STEM Advantage

This program mentors, prepares and inspires women and underserved communities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through a 360-degree program that includes help finding a paid internship, a mentor, scholarships, professional development workshops/webinars and events to build community. This program is offered to STEM students attending one of the six CSU campuses, including Cal State Dominguez Hills.

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RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)

This program provides paid hands-on research opportunities with faculty mentors at CSUDH, The Lundquist Institute and Charles Drew University.  Funding support includes travel, laboratories supplies, and enrichment activities to support students who intend to pursue a PhD in biomedical or behavioral science.

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SART (Substance Abuse Disorders Research Training)

A training program designed to advance substance abuse research skills and to reduce health disparities in substance use disorders and addiction.  SART is for Pre-professional trainees (undergraduates, master’s students, and post-baccalaureate; early-stage) from academic programs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) or California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) that require a thesis.

Please note that many of these research opportunities are federally funded, and hence support is limited for those who are not US citizens or permanent residents. If you are not eligible for these kinds of support, there still are options available to you and our office is committed to providing access to research opportunities. If you are undocumented and in STEM, please see this list of summer research opportunities that are available to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about your options.