About the Presidents' Commission Scholars Program

Important Dates and Information

2016 RFP Release Date: November 13, 2015
Proposal Due Date: February 10, 2016
(by 5:00 P.M. pacific time)
Award Notification: April, 2016
Maxiumum Award Amount: $8000
Project Duration: Summer 2016 (all work and reporting must be completed by October 1, 2016)

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 2016. 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 in February, 2016. Eligible students must plan to remain at his or her CSU campus for at least one more academic term after the summer of 2016.

Funds Administration

Projects can start in May and end in September, 2016, but should track approximately with the summer term on the host campus. Final reports are due October 1, 2016. Exact project start dates are contingent upon award conditions, including IRB, IBC or IACUC approvals on campus.

The award amount is $8000 of which $6000 is for an unqualified student scholarship to fund living and academic expenses and $2000 is for project supplies, equipment, travel and other expenses.

Special Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with their campus financial aid office prior to applying to CSUPERB to determine the potential impact of these awards and grants to other forms of compensation provided through their university, including financial aid. Portions of awards paid directly to students will be processed through campus financial aid offices. Please be advised that receiving and accepting a CSUPERB award could lead to a decrease in other forms of financial assistance. Ordinarily, adjustments (if any) are made to loans first before other grants or scholarships. Award recipients should contact their campus financial aid office to determine how the award may affect their total financial aid package. Because of Internal Revenue Service and other requirements, campuses may also consult with accounting, human resources and international programs staff to determine appropriate method of payment and any tax withholding requirements. Award Recipients should consult with a tax professional regarding tax liability resulting from any award.

The student's faculty mentor will supervise the $2000 portion of the award. It can be used for supply, equipment, travel and other expenses. These funds will be issued to the mentor’s college or department for financial administration via a Cash Posting Order. If the project does not require research-related expenses, the $2000 can be added to the students’ scholarship if allowed by campus policies.

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, 2016, 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.