About the Presidents' Commission Scholars Program

Important Dates and Information

2015 RFP Release Date: Fall, 2014
Proposal Due Date: February, 2015
Award Notification: April, 2015
Maxiumum Award Amount: $8000
Project Duration: Summer 2015 (all work and reporting must be completed by October 1, 2015)

Program Description

The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) recognizes that research experience is critical to engaging and graduating students interested in biotechnology careers. The focus of this program is to increase the number of undergraduate students that have access to a full-time research experience.

The Presidents’ Commission Scholars program aims to support CSU undergraduate scholars during the summer of 2015. Students will conduct biotechnology-related laboratory-, field-, clinic- or community-based research.

The Presidents’ Commission Scholars program is open to CSU undergraduates in "good standing" who are either freshmen or sophomores at the time the proposal is submitted on February, 2015. Eligible students must plan to remain at his or her CSU campus for at least one more academic term after the summer of 2015.

Read the past Request for Proposals (RFP) as a preview for detailed review and eligibility criteria. The 2015 RFP will be released in the fall of 2014.

Funds Administration

Maximum award amount is $8000.

Projects can start in May and end in September, 2015, but should track approximately with the summer term on campus. Final reports are due October 1, 2015.

Project budget categories (supplies, equipment, travel and other expenses) are limited to $2000 in total, the remainder of the budget goes to the student's living and academic expenses.

In compliance with CSU campus policies, the academic/living expense portion of the award will be issued directly to the financial aid/scholarship office on the awardee’s campus to ensure proper handling in relation to other forms of financial assistance the student may have received. Note: Because the financial aid situation for every student is unique, CSUPERB recommends that student applicants consult with their campus financial aid/scholarship office prior to application to learn how an award might be handled. 

Post-Award Reporting

Presidents’ Commission Scholars and their mentors are required to answer CSUPERB surveys before and after the summer research experience.  Student-faculty teams are required to submit a Final Report within 30 days of project end date or October 1, 2015, whichever comes first. Reporting helps document the project’s progress, gauge the impact of the experience on students’ academic and career plans, and justify continuation of the program. 

Contact Information

For questions regarding this award program or RFP, please contact CSUPERB at (619) 594-2822 or by email.