Student Research Support Programs

Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

Established in 1970, the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program is one of the country's oldest and most successful programs to assist educationally disadvantaged and first-generation students attain degrees in math, engineering and science from four-year institutions

Contact Information:

Susan Arias, Director 
Duncan Hall 241 
Phone: (408) 924-5034 

Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)

National Institute of Health's Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC U-STAR) awards provide support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level. The program also supports efforts to strengthen the science course curricula, pedagogical skills of faculty and biomedical research training at institutions with significant enrollments of students from underrepresented groups.

Contact Information:

Prof. Cleber Ouverney, Director
Duncan Hall 439
Phone: (408) 924-4806

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

The RISE Program is a federally funded  developmental program that seeks to increase the number of students historically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences that complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields and continue to research careers by providing the RISE Trainees with funded research opportunities with SJSU faculty. 

Contact Information:

Prof. Karen Singmaster, Director
Duncan Hall 518
Phone: (408) 924-5000

The California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP)

The overall goal of the program of this NSF funded program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. At SJSU, LSAMP supports Academic Excellence Workshops (Sci 1) for Chemistry courses and research opportunities for populations historically underrepresented in STEM fields.

Contact Information:

Prof. Karen Singmaster
Duncan Hall 016
Phone: (408) 924-4980

Cal-Bridge Program

The Cal-Bridge program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and supports CSU undergraduates in physics and astronomy to pursue research careers by entering PhD programs,in a partnership with the University of California.The program provides up to $10,000 per year of scholarship funds, faculty mentoring, professional development workshops, and summer research placement (in partnership with CAMPARE). Students from underrepresented backgrounds, including first-generation college students, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contact Information:

Prof. Aaron Romanowsky, Co-Director
Science 235
Phone: (408) 924-5225