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Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at California State University, Monterey Bay! UROC engages students of all majors in undergraduate research to build students’ educational ownership, intellectual vibrancy, and scholarly identity. We achieve this through mentored undergraduate research; rigorous, authentic, and calibrated scholarly activities; and the development of social capital.

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DoD Grant to Help Advance Fog Research at CSUMB

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) College of Science Professor and UROC Mentor Dan Fernandez has secured a Department of Defense (DoD) grant that will help fund enhanced technology used in fog collection research at CSUMB. The award, totaling $266,589, was granted through the DoD’s Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI) Equipment/Instrumentation grant.

The study associated with the grant aims to learn more about the processes that lead to advective fog events along coastal California and to conduct field tests to determine the efficiencies of the mesh-based devices used worldwide to collect water as a function of different environmental conditions.

Learn more about Professor Fernandez's efforts on our news page.

Students posing with Dan after a fog collection deployment in 2015
Students posing with Dan after a fog collection deployment in 2015

CSUMB Students embark on a month-long research trip to Okinawa

This past summer, two CSUMB students, Kai Jones and Kyle Hill both received travel and research support from the Okinawa Memories Initiative (OMI) and a UROC Research Grant to join on a month-long research trip to Okinawa with Dr. Dustin Wright.

The OMI, a UCSC student-faculty collaborative research project, explores the early years of the American occupation of Okinawa through oral interviews, archival research, and photo exhibitions. The project has garnered significant attention not only from the wider public in Okinawa, but also throughout Japan and the United States. Though based out of UCSC, Dr. Wright helped secure full funding for two CSUMB students to join the OMI research team.

Learn more about Kai and Kyle's experience by visiting our news page.

From Left to Right: Kai Jones, Dr. Dustin Wright, and Kyle Hill
CSUMB students with Dr. Wright at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

CSUMB Undergrad Selected for Pre-Doctoral Scholarship

We are pleased to announce Selena Velasquez has been selected as Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year! Velasquez is also a recipient of the CSU Trustee Award for Outstanding Achievement and will receive faculty mentorship from College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Professor Kevin Grobman.

This year, the Sally Casanova Scholarship program reviewed over 250 applications from across the CSU. A total of 74 total Sally Casanova Scholars were selected, in both undergraduate and graduate categories. This marks the 6th consecutive year CSUMB undergraduates have been awarded in the Pre Doc Program.

Learn more about Velasquez accomplishments and her efforts to pursue a Ph.D on our news page.

picture of UROC Scholar Selena Velasquez
UROC Scholar and Pre-Doctoral Scholar Selena Velasquez

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