RUSH Program Administration

Financial Support

Career Enhancement Through Research Participation

Research Training Faculty

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Research Undergraduate Science Honors (RUSH) Program

RUSH Program Overview
The Program blends a solid academic major in the sciences with participation in contemporary laboratory research. On admission to the program, Presidential RUSH Scholars are integrated into active research groups under the direction of the training faculty at Cal State LA. The student selects his/her own research adviser, and the nature and scope of the research project is arranged to suit the student's level and interests through consultation between the adviser and the student. The RUSH Scholar's participation in research will be part-time (10-15 hours per week) during the academic year, and full-time during the summer. The major benefit to the RUSH Scholar is the career enhancement experienced by participation in an active research group very early in the student's undergraduate career, an opportunity uncommon at most universities. The RUSH Scholars will be in a position to interact with the best science faculty and students at the University.
 
RUSH Program Administration

Dr. Carlos G. Gutierrez
Program Director
Physical Sciences 603
(323) 343-2356
e-mail:
cgutier@calstatela.edu
Dr. Anthony Fratiello
Associate Program Director
Physical Sciences 620
(323) 343-2326
e-mail:
afratie@calstatela.edu
Vicki Kubo Anderson
Freshman/Sophomore RISE Program Coordinator
Physical Sciences 622
(323) 343-2324
e-mail:
vkuboan@calstatela.edu
Lisa Bautista
MBRS-RISE Administrative Assistant
Physical Sciences 510
(323) 343-2395 Fax (323) 343-6411
e-mail:
lbautis3@calstatela.edu
Maria Manzanares
MORE Program Webmaster and Program Assistant
MORE Program Office,
Physical Sciences510
(323) 343-2395 Fax (323) 343-6411
e-mail:
mmanzan@calstatela.edu
 Lorie Romero
MBRS-RISE Program Assistant
Physical Sciences 510
(323) 343-2395 Fax (323) 343-6411
e-mail:
lromero5@calstatela.edu

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Financial Support

The RUSH Program is part of the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program sponsored by a generous grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A research salary of $6,200 per year is provided for each freshman Presidential RUSH Scholar. In addition, the program provides funds for research supplies, and a travel allowance for RUSH Scholars to attend scientific meetings to present research papers. University fees for the first year, currently at $1,685 per academic year, are also provided. Students are eligible to continue support through the MBRS-RISE Undergraduate Program for the full four years of the undergraduate experience at Cal State LA if they maintain at least a 3.1 grade point average in a science or mathematics major, at a research salary increasing to $7,200 after the RUSH year. For Scholars who maintain an outstanding record (GPA of 3.5 or higher), the program will also pay fees beyond the first year.

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Career Enhancement Through Research Participation

Participation in a strong program of laboratory research is the major benefit to the RUSH Scholar, and is an opportunity uncommon at most universities. RUSH Scholars are in a position to interact with the best science faculty and students at the University. Since the natural sciences are fundamentally experimental disciplines, the Scholars are introduced to research in the summer following their graduation from high school, and then continue throughout all the academic years and summers the Scholar is in the Program.

The Cal State LA RUSH Program is strongly research oriented. Upon admission to the program, the students are incorporated into active research groups under the direction of the training faculty. The research group is the basic unit we have used to motivate and strengthen the student's desire for a career in biomedical research. Participation in a research group (coupled with a strong academic preparation) well-prepares these students for their future education in graduate school. A positive, rigorous, and productive experience performing publication-quality research as undergraduates is excellent preparation for graduate school, and is a strong factor in developing a student's scientific maturity and interest in a research career.

Laboratory research is also a very social activity, and the new students interact and learn from more senior members of the group. The research group is also, importantly, a support group of individuals with similar career aspirations. More senior members serve as positive role models to the newer students. Students experience substantial career development as a consequence of their participation in research.

The research participation by RUSH Scholars is year round. During the academic year, the Scholar's participation is limited by their academic course commitments, but during the summer they devote considerably greater time to their research efforts, either on the Cal State LA campus or at another university or research institute. Cal State LA students have historically been productive in the lab, and the quantity and quality of their research work are impressive. Tangible results of their participation in quality research programs are the 489 refereed journal publications (see Publications by MBRS Students and Faculty for a complete list) and the two thousand meeting presentation abstracts wherein they are co-authors.

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Research Training Faculty
Twenty-five laboratories under the direction of the training faculty are available for the conduct of research. A list of these research principal investigators including a brief description of their research interests is given at Research Training Faculty. These faculty members are among the best teacher-scholars at the University. If you are looking for a research group to join, make appointments to talk to several faculty members before you choose a laboratory. You should also talk to some of the students in each research group you are interested in joining.
 


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