Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Koret Scholars Program

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About the UROC Koret Scholars Program

The Koret Scholars program offers CSUMB undergraduates an opportunity to be engaged in robust interdisciplinary social science research facilitated by CSUMB faculty mentors, with a goal to disseminate research regionally and nationally at conferences. Find out more about the Bay Area Koret Foundation mission and the gift to CSUMB.

The UROC Koret Scholars Program provides:

  • funded undergraduate research opportunities in the social sciences.
  • support systems for individually mentored undergraduate research.
  • support for the development of students' written communication skills and graduate school preparedness, including writing support for nationally competitive scholarship and fellowships.
  • a cohort model with shared interests and professional goals who progress through the Koret Program together.
  • the ability to be part of a Bay Area network and Koret Scholar community.

Becoming a Koret Scholar

To be part of the Koret Scholars Program and be considered for funding, students must:

  • Be a matriculated student at CSUMB.
  • A U.S. citizen.
  • Have at least a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Be a first generation student (preferred, not required).
  • Must be committed to academic research for the academic year.
  • Must conduct academic research in the social sciences.

Inaugural Cohort, 2020

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Darchelle Burnett, Social & Behavioral Sciences; minor Peace Studies.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brian Corpening, Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Inclusive Excellence & Sustainability

Courtney Crouse, Psychology.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lovell, Assistant Professor, Psychology

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Arlene Diazleal, Psychology.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Vivian Waldrup-Patterson, Director, Teaching Learning & Assessment (TLA)

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Paul Dommert, Psychology; minor Anthropology.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Valdez, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Erika Hernandez-Gonzalez, Business Administration.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jenny Lin, Assistant Professor, College of Business

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Hana Jacinto, Japanese Language & Culture.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shigeko Sekine, Professor, School of World Languages & Cultures

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Melissa-Ann Lagunas, Psychology; minor Statistics.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lovell, Assistant Professor, Psychology

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Claudia Rocha, Psychology.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lovell, Assistant Professor, Psychology

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Stephanie Stephens, Marine Science.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, Associate Professor, Health and Human Services & Public Policy