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Programs and Services


Student Programs


Graduate Equity Fellowship Program
International Graduate Student Tuition Waiver Program
California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
Graduate and Professional Schools Information Day
Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity
CSU California Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program
Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program
WAGS/UMI Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition

MA/MS in Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program

These grants are designed to increase the number of masterís degrees awarded to economically disadvantaged CSU students, especially those students who are underrepresented among graduate degree recipients in their disciplines and those who are disabled.  Grant stipends will average $1,500 per quarter (Fall,Winter,Spring only) and may be supplemented by additional financial aid from other sources (work/study grants, assistantships, student loans, etc.)

More information and Eligibilitiy Requirements

Important Dates

Form: Graduate Equity application.pdf

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International Graduate Student Tuition Waiver Program

 

Students who are currently enrolled at Cal State L.A. or prospective students who are nominated by a department and endorsed by the appropriate college are considered eligible for support under this tuition fee waiver program. Students will receive a fee waiver based on the units needed on the courses listed on their graduate programs which have not as yet been completed. Full time enrollment reimbursement cannot exceed 12 units per quarter per year for three quarters (fall, winter, and spring), up to a maximum of two years. The second year of support is conditional on the studentís first-year performance and is given only with the recommendation of the studentís college.

Eligibilitiy Requirements

Important Dates

Form:
ITW application.pdf

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California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education

The California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education Forum, organized and sponsored by a consortium of 46 public and private colleges and universities from throughout California, which includes Cal State L.A., and has been designed to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and masterís candidates from California.

The annual Forum brings together approximately 1000 pre-selected, high-achieving undergraduate and masterís students from the participating institutions at a host campus in the region.  The students explore graduate opportunities and resources by participating in numerous workshops conducted throughout the day.  Note that this event is for all disciplines except medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, business, and law, all of which have their own recruiting networks.

Upcoming date and location to be available.

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Graduate and Professional Schools Information Day

The goal of this event is to acquaint students with opportunities and requirements for graduate education on a variety of campuses. Many of our students continue academic work after receiving their baccalaureate degrees and, consequently, they seek information about masters, doctoral and other professional degrees.  Recruiters from public and private institutions are invited to attend and provide information relating to their respective universities and professional schools to all interested students.

Additional activities include a workshop on the application process and related information pertaining to successful admission to postbaccalaureate studies and a panel of graduate students who offer their experiences and are available for questions to interested students.

More Information

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Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

The Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity is sponsored jointly by the Office of Graduate Studies & Research and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. This event is held annually during the winter quarter and  provides a local forum for all Cal State L.A. students to gain experience in delivering a professional presentation. Ten local winners are selected to represent Cal State L.A. in the statewide student research competition held annually at a CSU host campus where they are eligible for cash prizes.

Important Dates

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CSU California Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University students who have experienced economic and educational. disadvantages. A special emphasis will be placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter graduate programs at one of the University of California institutions.

The students selected as Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars must be .upper division or masterís degree students
who are enrolled at a CSU institution at the time of submitting the application and who will be enrolled at a
CSU campus for at least one term of the following academic year.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of three major criteria: potential for success in completing a doctoral program, probable effectiveness of the student/faculty plan, and level of economic and educational disadvantage.

All applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application. Current or previous California Pre-Doctoral Scholars are not eligible to apply. Each applicant must have a faculty sponsor who- will be available for the duration of the plan specified in the application. The program is designed for students interested in obtaining doctoral degrees. Students interested in entering professional schools to obtain professional degrees in law, medicine, dentistry or related fields are not eligible.

More Information, Instructions for applying


Important Dates

PDF Document: predoc announcement.pdf
Application Site: http://www.calstate.edu/PreDoc/application.shtml

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Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program
ďCommitment to Excellence with DiversityĒ
The Program provides financial assistance to enrolled doctoral students and is designed to increase the qualified faculty of the CSU.

The program is open to applicants who will be new or continuing full-time students in doctoral programs at accredited universities anywhere in the United States during the upcoming academic year.  Neither enrollment nor employment in the CSU is required.  However, approximately one-fourth of the awards are expected to be made to persons who have served in CSU positions represented by the California Faculty Association in the last two years.

Primary selection criteria for the FLP are potential for success as a CSU faculty member; the Plan of Support which is completed by a CSU tenure track faculty member or by a CSU Academic Department; and the applicantís academic discipline.

www.calstate.edu/HR/CDIP

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WAGS/UMI Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research coordinates the selection of a campus entry each year in the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and University Microfilms International (UMI) distinguished Master's Thesis Award competition. Each member institution is asked to submit one nomination for the award.

Cal State L.A. has had two winners in recent years, from History and Civil Engineering.

A notice announcing the competition and describing the selection process is sent out to the college associate deans each Spring quarter. Nominees must have earned the masterís degree within the previous four quarters. For example, in the 2002 competition, eligible students were those who graduated during Summer í01, Fall í01, Winter í02, and Spring í02.

Each college is asked to nominate one thesis. A selection committee convened by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research determines the campus nominee.

For more information, contact your college associate dean or the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at (323) 343-3820.

WAGS GUIDELINES

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MA/MS in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies major at Cal State L.A. is a highly restricted program designed for students whose professional/academic objectives are unique and cannot be met by existing masterís degree offerings. Each student admitted to the Interdisciplinary Studies major creates a unique program that comprises course offerings from at least two departments/divisions in related disciplines. Some recent examples of Interdisciplinary Studies programs include American Cultural Studies (Departments of Communication Studies, History, and Anthropology), Scenography (Departments of Theatre Arts and Technology), Biomathematics (Departments of Biology & Microbiology and Mathematics), and Environmental Science (Departments of Geology, Geography, and Chemistry). In each case, the Interdisciplinary Studies program is prepared with the assistance and approval of faculty and administrative advisers who evaluate the studentís proposal and academic qualifications.

To qualify, a student must have earned a baccalaureate degree in an area cognate to the areas of the proposed Interdisciplinary Studies major and show evidence of having met all course prerequisites of the colleges and departments/divisions in which course work for the Interdisciplinary Studies major is proposed; must have a minimum 2.75 grade point average
(A = 4.0) in the last 90 quarter units attempted, and must meet all college requirements, test scores, and grade point average for the masterís degrees of the colleges and departments/divisions in which course work for the Interdisciplinary Studies masterís is proposed. Approval for an Interdisciplinary Studies major is based upon individual justification by way of a formal written application. Applications are submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research if course work is to be taken in departments/divisions in more than one college, or to the appropriate college graduate dean if the majority of the course work is in departments/divisions within one college.

More information

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Faculty Programs

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program
Seed Grants Research
Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Program
 


Seed Grants Research

Established in 1993 with funds from University Auxiliary Services (UAS), the Grant Seed Money Fund seeks to increase the number and amount of external grant and contract awards through direct support of a Principal Investigator or potential PI. Funding will be provided only to support activities directly related to preparation of a major, competitive proposal, to an external agency. Examples: faculty release time to prepare the proposal, research assistant time; purchase of grant-related software or hardware, focused travel to granting agencies and biddersí conferences, and grant-related workshops. Monies may not be used for institutional cost sharing. Support is for competitive grants only, i.e. not for annual renewals of the same award. Within one year of the award letter date, successful applicants for funding must provide a ďfinal reportĒ in the form of a high-quality grant proposal to a major agency submitted through normal University/UAS channels. The amount of seed grant funding typically will be limited to $5,000, and faculty will be given priority. There is no application deadline. Funding is on-going, so long as funds are available. To apply, simply complete the form below and return it to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research or the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Program

This program is designed to support faculty in their pursuit of research, scholarship and creative activities and to further the mission of California State University, Los Angeles. All members of Unit 3 (Faculty, Librarians, Coaches, and Counselors) are eligible to compete for funding from this program.

Funding can be requested for:

  1. Creative Leaves of one term duration - Fall, Winter, or Spring. This will allow faculty time to develop or complete an appropriate scholarly or creative activity related to their research and discipline.
  2. Minigrants -≠≠ Awards of up to $5,000 allow faculty to test promising ideas and obtain preliminary results prior to seeking external support. Funds can be used for undergraduate and/or graduate assistance, clerical assistance, and travel and supplies necessary for the activity.

For information contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

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