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Research Matters Faculty/Student Mentorship Program

The Research Matters Faculty/Student Mentorship Program is designed to support CSUSB faculty as they navigate the Federal Work Study Program to hire eligible students as research assistants.

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities to eligible undergraduate and graduate students.  Students must meet all eligibility requirements and demonstrate financial need to participate in the program.  FWS earnings can be used to help offset a portion of the student’s educational expenses. Salaries begin at $14.00 for student assistants and $15.00 per hour for Instructional Student Assistants (ISA). Student workers may work a maximum of 20 hours per week.

The OSR assists faculty in recruiting, and hiring work-study eligible research assistants, and complete and submit time sheets for their students. Faculty interested in participating in this program must submit a profile to the Research and Creative Activities Database.

Work-Study participants (Supervisors and Students) are required to complete an annual training prior to beginning the hiring process. See flyer for more information.


Placement and Deadlines

First Day of Fall Employment: August 17th

Placement Deadline for AY: October 31, 2021

Research Matters Submission Deadline: September 19th, 2021.




Any full-time faculty member, tenured or tenure-track from any department is welcome to apply.


  • Enrolled at least half-time.
    • Undergraduates = 6 units
    •  Graduate = 3 units
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Awarded Federal Workstudy
    • 21/22 for July 2021 – May 2022 employment
  • Eligible to work in the United States.
  • Complete FWS tutorial.


Important Note: 

Each student is allocated a set amount of funds to participate in the FWS program. Once these funds are exhausted, the student will no longer be paid for their participation. Please ensure that weekly hours are set to meet the research project’s needs and monthly pay does not exceed the award. The OSR is not responsible for covering any wages outside of the FWS award. Any student who exceeds their award, with no plan for supplemental funding, will be released from the program, and should stop working immediately unless an arrangement is made and agreed upon by the faculty, mentor, and OSR.


Please read through the application deadlines for additional information. 


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