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CSUF Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Programs (HHMI)

Funded with a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the goal of this program is to recruit and retain undergraduate college students into research careers in the biomedical sciences while advancing science education in the United States. Apply as a research scholar for the two-year research program, a weekend research experience, or a summer research experience. Work alongside CSUF faculty from the departments of biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics and science education on a variety of research topics.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-AMP)

Description: The LSAMP program encourages and prepares college students from STEM disciplines for graduate programs. LSAMP has three tiers of students: research, community college transfer students, and participants. LSAMP serves 30-40 students per year bridging the gap between research faculty and students. Summer and academic year workshops, academic year conferences, research and summer research prepares students for post baccalaureate work.

Eligibility: Currently working on first baccalaureate degree in a STEM discipline, U.S. citizen or permanent residence, and at least a 2.5 GPA. For community college transfer awards, students must have transferred within the last semester and be interested in pursuing a higher degree in a STEM discipline.

Benefits: Academic year students are eligible for up to a $2,500 stipend, summer students are eligible for up to a $3,000 stipend and community college transfer awardees receive $1,000. Participants who attend conferences and workshops are eligible for a $150 book credit per specified activity. If you would like to learn more about LSAMP or apply, please visit our website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain an application. Applications are accepted year round.

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT)

Funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institutes of Health, this program offers international research training opportunities at universities in the United Kingdom, Thailand and Argentina. The program is open to qualified undergraduate, graduate and health professions students who are from health disparities populations and/or are under-represented in basic science, biomedical, clinical or behavioral health research career fields.

Research Programs of Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty

Our research-active faculty have their own funded research programs. All of our undergraduates majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry are required to do senior research, learning the methods of chemical research through a research project under the supervision of one of the Department faculty.