Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

CSUPERB - CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology


CSUPERB believes the best way to recruit, engage, and help students persist in life science careers is to provide access to experiential learning opportunities in biotechnology research and entrepreneurship.


The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) mission is to develop a professional biotechnology workforce by mobilizing and supporting collaborative CSU student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, and partnering with the life science industry.

CSUPERB provides seed grant funding, organizes an annual biotechnology symposium, sponsors industry-responsive curriculum, and serves as a liaison for the CSU with government, philanthropic, educational, and biotechnology industry partners. The program involves students and faculty from Life, Physical, Computer and Clinical Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Math and Business departments at all 23 CSU campuses.


CSUPERB offers a variety of undergraduate research grants, travel awards, and presentation opportunities.

  • Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Student Research Award - $1750 for Travel to CSUPERB Biotech Symposium and Scholarship
  • Student Travel Grant - Supports faculty-mentored CSU students. Travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites
  • Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholars Program - Undergraduate research award to fund promising undergraduate student research projects in topics related to women's health.
  • and many more opportunities...