The UROC Researchers Program provides students opportunities to engage in paid/course credit research placements at any time during their undergraduate careers. The program supports CSUMB students from diverse social, economic, and educational backgrounds pursuing the intellectual, academic, and professional benefits related to engagement in undergraduate research.
UROC Researchers apply each semester to receive funding or course credit to support their engagement in undergraduate research. First time applicants submit a New UROC Researcher application; students continuing their research for subsequent semesters submit a Continuing UROC Researcher applications. See the Application Access & Deadlines webpage for when to submit your application. The UROC Researchers program is open to students of all majors.
Update to Researchers Program due to Covid-19
Please note that projects may be conducted in person or virtually, it will be dependent on your research mentor. If you choose to work virtually, please work with your mentor on a virtual research plan.
- Engagement with research mentors from within the CSUMB faculty or the Monterey Bay region.
- Students are eligible to receive a stipend as a UROC Researcher for a total of 3 academic terms (research terms do not have to be consecutive)
- Students may receive course credit for additional academic terms
- Individualized guidance towards research, graduate school, fellowships, and research applications.
- Opportunities to present research products at campus and national research presentation events.
- Access to additional research, travel, and scholarship opportunities through programs like CSU-LSAMP.
- Monthly cohort meetings
See our Benefits and Expectations page for more details.
For questions regarding the UROC Researchers Program, please contact Jessica Bautista.
Funding for UROC Researchers is limited therefore competitive. Students accepted into the program will receive funding or given the option of receiving course credit (Dept. X97 or RSCH 294/394). The following criteria will be used to determine which students receive what:
- Research Funding: Applicants clearly described their academic and career goals, project descriptions contained a clear research question or objective, applicants demonstrated a clear understanding of project goals and description of role, and presented a list of dissemination opportunities.
- Course credit: Applicants academic and career goals were described, project descriptions contained a research question or objective that needed to be elaborated, applicants' understanding of project goals and description of role were not described clearly, and /or did not present a list of dissemination opportunities.
- Not accepted: Applicants did not have a clear academic or career goal, project descriptions lacked a research question or objective, project goals and description of roles were unclear, and /or did not present a list of dissemination opportunities.
If you are applying for funding to start a new project with a new mentor, you should submit a new UROC Researcher application. If you are applying for funding to start a new project with the same mentor, you should submit a Continuing UROC Researcher application.
Students are eligible to receive a stipend as a UROC Researcher for a total of 3 academic terms (research terms do not have to be consecutive). After the 3 funded terms, students may receive course credit for the Researchers program for additional academic terms.
This statement should be no longer than two pages double-spaced.
The project description/update must be written by you, the applicant. Your mentor may provide you with comments and suggestions but the description must be written by the applicant.
Below are project descriptions samples that have been accepted and not accepted in both STEM and non-STEM. Note that formats vary across the samples, particularly those that were accepted, yet still answer all given questions thoroughly.
- Continuing Researcher STEM Project Description - Accepted
- Continuing Researcher non-STEM Project Description - Accepted
- New Researcher STEM Project Description - Accepted
- New Researcher non-STEM Project Description - Accepted
- STEM Project Description - Not Accepted
- Non-STEM Project Description - Not Accepted
It is acceptable to use excerpts from a previously submitted project description, as long as the majority of the description is new work. Please DO NOT submit the same project description as the previous semester. Also, make sure that you answer the prompt below thoroughly and accurately.
To ensure that this update is complete, accurate, and reflects both the perspectives of the applicant and mentor regarding the student's progress on the project, it is advised that you work with your mentor to generate and revise this document prior to submission.
See Research mentors page for more details.
Please check the UROC Researchers Canvas course for information regarding program deliverables.
How will I get my stipend?
You will receive your stipend as a scholarship/fellowship on your CSUMB financial aid account on OASIS. In order to receive your stipend, you must long onto your financial aid account and go to FINANCES. Select the award, select 21/22 aid year and select "accept" again. If you are signed up for direct deposit, funds will be dispersed to your bank account. Otherwise, you will be mailed a paper check.
Who do I contact if I am having trouble seeing my award on my financial aid account?
Please contact a CSUMB Financial Aid Advisor.
If I don't receive financial aid, do I still go through financial aid for the stipends?
Yes, you still have to log into your CSUMB financial aid account on OASIS to access the funds.
Will the stipend affect my financial aid status?
Receiving your research stipend will not affect your financial aid status. If you have questions regarding your financial aid, please contact a .
What will happen if I have a balance on my financial aid account?
If you have questions regarding how your stipend will impact your balance on your financial aid account, please contact a .
How many payments will I receive?
You will be receiving a stipend which will be given in two payments.
How and when do I receive my research stipend payments?
Stipends will be distributed to your CSUMB financial aid account by the CSUMB Financial Aid office at the middle and at the end of the semester you are on contract with UROC. If there are changes to the payment schedule, UROC will notify you immediately.
Can I still receive unemployment benefits if I receive a stipend?
Yes. The stipend will not affect your unemployment status.
Do I have to report the stipend on my taxes?
UROC advises you to consult your tax advisor, tax preparation website, or visit IRS.gov.
Do I need to submit a timesheet?
No. Instead you will need to use the weekly research log which can be found on CANVAS.
Do I need to log my hours on ADP?
No. DO NOT log hours on ADP/CMS.
How many hours am I expected to work?
The number of hours you work over the semester is up to you and your mentor. During the summer, you are expected to work more hours compared to the fall and spring semesters since your course load is less.