Research Field Stations
Campuses of the California State University have taken advantage of the state's natural resources by developing numerous outdoor education laboratories and research facilities to augment on-campus instruction. Many of these facilities are operated in cooperation with other organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the Nature Conservancy. These sites serve as an educational role as well as preserve important ecological areas.
Student Research Competition
The 31st Annual California State University Student Research Competition will be held in 2017 (date pending), at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. This system-wide competition will showcase excellent research conducted by CSU undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. Student participants will make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities in California.
The competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University.
California Pre-Doctoral Program
The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University (CSU) students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at one of the University of California (UC) institutions.
Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program
Through the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), the California State University (CSU) provides financial assistance in the form of a student loan to a limited number of individuals pursuing doctoral degrees. The program seeks to provide loans to doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for CSU instructional faculty positions after completion of the doctoral degree.