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Program Details

Faculty Requirements:

  • Limit teaching to one course during the program.
  • Develop and adhere to a schedule of regular in-person meetings.
  • Include students in some professional tasks.
  • Assist students with the preparation of the presentation.
  • Attend the Summer Research Program Orientation.
  • Attend the Summer Research Program Informal Social Event.
  • Coordinate team presentation to a summer course.
  • Participate in the OSR Summer Research Program Conference.

Student Requirements:

  • Dedicate 20 hours a week to working on your project or creative activities.
  • Limit summer courses to one class per session. If you are enrolled in classes for the summer, please provide your schedule to OSR.
  • Limit outside employment to 10 hours per week.
  • Attend all workshops. Only one missed activity will be permitted, any more than one may be cause for dismissal from the program.
  • Attend the Summer Research Program Informal Social Event.
  • Participate in the Summer Research Program Conference.
  • Give an oral and poster presentation at the annual “Meeting of the Minds."
  • Give a team presentation to a summer or fall course related to your research topic.
  • Participate in two OSR activities (workshops, Taste of Research, CSUSB Competition, OSR Journal, etc.) during the academic year following the OSR summer program.
  • Complete the pre and post surveys administered by the OSR.
  • Submit a 2-3 page abstract or brief report on the project for the OSR’s Journal of Student Research.


All students will be hired through the OSR and will be paid $15.00 an hour. Students are required to work 20 hours per week but no more than 7 hours per day. Students must complete successfully complete the hiring process before starting the program.


Summer Research Program Orientation

The orientation is an introductory overview of the Summer Research Program. Participants are provided general information about program expectations, the workshops and events that will occur during the summer, and available resources and support. At the orientation, students are encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussion to familiarize themselves with the program.


The program consists of five workshops. Workshops are designed to assist students with learning about the research process, applying to graduate school, preparing a personal statement for graduate school, and delivering an effective oral and poster presentation. All workshops are mandatory.

Social Event

The informal social event is designed to provide students an opportunity to network with their peers and faculty.

Class Presentations

Participants will present their research to a summer or fall class. Class presentations provide participants an opportunity to practice disseminating their work while exposing students to research and creative activities. Each student team is expected to give one oral presentation during the summer or fall terms.


At the end of the program, students will disseminate their findings in a mini-conference. During this event, students showcase their projects via an oral presentation and serve as a discussant for another summer program team.