Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

STEM Education Research Experience (SERE)

The UROC Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Math STEM Education Research Experience (SERE) program provides students the opportunity to conduct research at CSU Monterey Bay in a two-term (fall, spring, or summer) learning pathway specifically for students in STEM majors who wish to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be a highly qualified STEM 6-12th grade teacher.

Designed to expose students who have demonstrated an interest in teaching to STEM Education Research, the program will stimulate participants' interest in completing 4-year STEM degrees and applying for the teacher credential program. Admitted students will participate in:

  • Professional development in a community of practice for STEM Education
  • Mentored classroom observation and practice
  • Mentored STEM education research

In addition, students will read STEM education literature, contribute to original scientific research, and learn how to present their findings orally and in writing. Students will attend two workshops each semester as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) professional development program. Applications are welcome from all qualified students: women, minorities, veterans, first-in-family to attend college, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in supporting those who have an interest in teaching 6th-12th grade.

Program Benefits

  • Participation in the SERE program also includes a research scholarship for each term you participate. You will receive $1,400 per semester for fall and spring and $2,800 each summer.
  • Semester research experience with the opportunity to extend into additional semesters.
  • Hands-on research guided by CSUMB Faculty.
  • Support from senior CSUMB undergraduate researchers.
  • Professional development workshops (mandatory).
  • Advising and support for applying to the credential program.
  • Guest speakers, course observations, and field trips.


  • Plan to return to CSUMB the semester after participation in the program.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Actively enrolled at the time of application at CSU Monterey Bay or planning to transfer in 2021.
  • Willingness to make a full-time commitment (0-10 hours per week) to the SERE professional development program from January 2021 to May 2021.
  • Plan to apply to the credential program to obtain a single subject teaching credential in a STEM discipline.
  • 3.0 GPA or higher for STEM courses.
  • Successful completion of two college-level STEM courses by November 2020
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