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Smoke and Tobacco Outreach and Prevention Scholars Program (STOPS)

Smoke and Tobacco Outreach and Prevention Scholars (STOPS)

Smoke and Tobacco Outreach And Prevention Scholars Program

CSUSB’s Smoke and Tobacco Outreach and Prevention Scholars (STOPS) is a grant-funded program designed to help develop a pipeline of dedicated tobacco control researchers and advocates. The STOPS program, a partnership between CSUSB and Charles R. Drew University, as well as the USC Keck School of Medicine, provides state-of-the-art smoking and vaping-cessation research sites.

STOPS provides support, mentorship, and training for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and master’s students from tobacco priority populations to conduct mentored tobacco-related research, while also participating in local tobacco control projects and other educational activities. The goal of this initiative is to stimulate student enthusiasm for tobacco-related research and foster engagement and persistence of the next generation of researchers that represent the diversity of tobacco priority populations.



Program Components

  • Research training with a faculty mentor
  • Internship placement
  • Didactic Training
    • Monthly tobacco studies seminar
    • Monthly journal club
    • Responsible conduct and research ethics course
    • USC-TCORS center-wide monthly meetings

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 3.0+ GPA (lower GPAs will be considered if other selection criteria are strong)
  • 24 units in major (undergrad) or admission into a graduate program at CSUSB 
  • Interest in pursuing a degree related to tobacco-related disease
  • Member of a tobacco priority population (i.e. underrepresented minority, low socio-economic status, or recently incarcerated)
  • Faculty recommendations
  • Commitment to complete a one-year training program

How to apply:

  • Applications are due by November 1st and should include:
  • A two-page statement of career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript

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Interested students should contact Dr. Cynthia Crawford (Program Director) at