At CSUF, we create learning environments that foster understanding, inspire interest and engage students in work that is meaningful, serves a purpose and has long-term impacts. Participating in research or creative arts at CSUF strengthens analytical and leadership skills, cultivates creativity and innovation, and ultimately results in students who are prepared to make a difference.
When you engage in research, you experience many benefits – some immediately visible and some that take effect over time. Participating actively in research or the arts aids in identifying areas of interest, trying things out under the guidance of caring mentors, learning about the history of your interests, developing self-confidence, learning laboratory techniques, working through obstacles (an aspect of every research or creative process), understanding how professionals work on real problems, gaining entry into distinct worlds of the humanities, sciences, social sciences, the arts, and much more.
Below are various resources for pursuing research opportunities on campus and outside Cal State Fullerton. For additional information on student research opportunities, contact Drs. Nathalie Carrick or Terri Patchen.
- Finding and approaching a faculty mentor /coming soon/
- How to prepare a poster /coming soon/
On-Campus and External Funding Resources
Funding opportunities database-PIVOT
CSUF subscribes to COS Pivot, a searchable database available to all faculty, staff, students and administrators interested in finding funding for research, travel, curriculum development, scholarships and more
CSUF Research Opportunities
A list of research opportunities available to students at Cal State Fullerton
Graduate Research and Fellowship Opportunities Outside CSUF
A collection of external research and fellowship opportunities for graduate students
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Outside CSUF
A collection of external research opportunities for undergraduate students
Funding Opportunities for Student Research
Potential undergraduate and/or graduate funding opportunities for student research, including CSUF funding, general funding sources, other university sites and resources for specific disciplines
Competitions and Conferences
CSUF/CSU Student Research Competition
The system-wide competition showcases excellent research conducted by CSU undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. Student participants make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities in California.
Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award
The Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award recognizes excellence in student participation in research or creative activities. The award is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student per college working collaboratively with a faculty member or independently on a research project or creative activity.
Posters on the Hill
The goal of this event is to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress who provide funding for research and education have a clear understanding of the programs they fund and why these programs are important. Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants themselves.
Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR)
SCCUR specializes in the work of undergraduate students across all disciplines and serves as a friendly venue for students to present their scholarly and/or creative activity (either in a poster session or 15-minute oral presentation), interact with peers in a scholarly setting, and develop presentation skills.
Student Creative Activities and Research Day (SCAR)
Student Creative Activities and Research Day recognizes the high-impact projects (HIP) developed by students on our campus. It is a unique and fun opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to come together from across disciplines to present posters or exhibit their creative activities.
- Student-Friendly Conferences