Student Resources

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.

Below are various resources for pursuing research opportunities on campus and outside CSUF. For additional information on student research opportunities, contact Student Creative Activities and Research (SCAR) Faculty Fellow, Dr. Terri Patchen at

Research Preparation

  • Finding and approaching a faculty mentor /coming soon/
  • How to prepare a poster /coming soon/

Why engage in research?

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.