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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 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

Community Engaged Research Grant Spring 2019 Recipients

We are pleased to announce Kelly Medina-López and Shantel Martinez as the Spring 2019 recipients of the Community Engaged Research Grant. Kelly and Shantel are using this grant to support the development of a research and theory intensive experience that examines the US/Mexico borderlands. Central to this experience is a 10-day visit to the US/Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. This research intensive experience will allow students to dive deep and cultivate nuanced understandings concerning trans border lives and narratives at the El Paso/ Juárez border. El Paso/Juárez provides a unique research opportunity as it is one of the largest and most militarized port of entries for the United States and Mexico border with 6.8 million pedestrians, 12.3 million personal vehicles, and 760,000 commercial vehicles crossing in 2015 (Department of Homeland Security). Given the rich and often contentious political history of the region, El Paso/ Juarez presents itself as a unique border site to conduct research, often not presented to Undergraduate students. Additionally, with Trump’s rhetoric of border security, the lives in El Paso/ Juárez are delicately contingent upon border crossing and trans migratory politics, culture, and bodies. The goals of this class is for CSUMB students who are interested in border narratives to immerse themselves in a transnational research experience in shared expertise with our colleagues at University Texas, El Paso and La Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.

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