A doctoral student and 10 master’s students at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) have been awarded Graduate Research Fellowships for the 2012-13 academic year,.
Now in its eighth year, the Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) was created by the university to provide much-needed financial support to graduate students conducting research and working on creative projects. Each student will receive $4,500 at the beginning of the fall semester and an additional $4,500 in the spring.
“Many graduate students have to work to support themselves or take out student loans in order to complete their degree,” said Cecile Lindsay, vice provost and dean for graduate studies. “Our goal in creating this $9,000 fellowship was to enable some of our highest-achieving graduate students to focus full-time on their study and research.”
Students were selected for the fellowship by faculty based on the strength of the proposed research or creative project, their outstanding academic achievements and the faculty mentor’s nomination.
The 2012-13 CSULB Graduate Research Fellowships were granted to the following students:
“In some instances, receiving the award allows a master’s student to undertake a research thesis instead of a comprehensive exam, or it enables him or her to undertake a more ambitious research program,” Lindsay pointed out. “Some excellent research and creative work has resulted from the program, and past GRF recipients have presented their work at regional and national conferences.”
All of this year’s recipients will submit a progress report in June 2013 highlighting the work they have done.
Lindsay noted that CSULB originally received funding to support graduate students from the CSU Chancellor’s Office, but when it decided to decentralize this funding to each CSU, campus officials decided to create the CSULB Graduate Research Fellowship, which was established in 2004 and gave out its first awards during the 2005-06 academic year.
CSULB offers 67 different master's degrees that prepare graduates for prestigious doctoral programs and careers in the public sector, industry, education and the arts. For more information on the Graduate Research Fellowship, call 562/985-8225.