Student Research Opportunities

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The SJSU Lurie College of Education prides itself in creating and advocating for opportunities for our undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students to participate in valuable research opportunities through Lurie College, at SJSU, and beyond.

Lurie College Student Research Awards

Lurie College is pleased to offer up to three student-research awards for the 2020-2021 academic year to support students to be mentored by a faculty mentor on a student-initiated research project. These awards are designed to support student-faculty collaboration on an on-going or proposed research project related to the student’s major. Students can receive an award of $2,000 per semester and $4,000 a year. The deadline to apply for this award was April 12, 2021.

Lurie College Student Conference Travel Grant

Lurie College is proud to provide financial support to its students who are presenting their research at conferences. Undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students are eligible to apply for up to one $500 grant per fiscal year (July 1 - May 20) towards expenses for registration fees, travel, lodging, and meals. To apply, download, complete, and submit our Student Conference Travel Application form (PDF). Learn about some of our recent recipients below:

Ali Murueta, Liz Cagle, and Michelle Ballou | Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Luz Nicacio and Liliana Adler | Department of Child and Adolescent Development

Lurie College Student Research Supplies Grant

Lurie College is also proud to provide financial support to its students who are in need of supplies to conduct their academic research. Undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students are eligible to apply for up to one $200 grant per fiscal year (July 1 - May 31) towards expenses for research supplies. A limited amount of funding is available. To apply, download, complete, and submit our Student Research Supplies Application form (PDF).

Lurie College Learning Showcase

This event takes place at the end of the fall and spring semesters and highlights Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students' academic accomplishments while they're on their journeys to becoming transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. To learn more, visit our Learning Showcase webpage.

SJSU Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant Initiative

The new Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant Initiative is replacing the former Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) program. The new initiative is for both undergraduate and graduate students and is designed to support students engaged in RSCA with a faculty mentor by providing funding for student assistantships and supplies for the student’s work or virtual conference attendance for the student. To learn more about how to apply for awards of up to $3500, visit the Office of Research website.

SJSU and CSU Student Research Competition

The long-standing annual Student Research Competition is now designated as the SJSU Student RSCA Competition. This opportunity allows graduate and undergraduate students to present their original Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) and compete for selection as SJSU representatives at both SJSU’s Celebration of Research and the statewide California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition. To learn more about how to compete, visit the Office of Research website.

Watch the video above to about Lurie College student Alaysia Palmer's research presentation "Growing Up with a Sibling with Autism: College Students' Perspectives," which was selected to represent SJSU at the CSU competition.

SJSU Grad Slam

Grad Slam at San José State University is a campus-wide competition for the best short research presentation by a graduate student. During the competition, graduate students will be judged by a panel based on their ability to successfully engage a non-specialist audience while communicating key details about their research in three minutes or less. Panelists may include SJSU staff, faculty, students, alumni, city officials, and industry professionals. To learn more about how to compete, visit the College of Graduate Studies website.

Watch the video above to learn about Lurie College student Cindy Dao and her research presentation, which explored how kindergarten students responded to LGBTQ literature and advocated for incorporating more LGBTQ literature into classrooms.

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars supports first generation, low income, or underrepresented students in their applications to doctoral programs and assists them with a research project. To learn more, visit the SJSU McNair Scholars website.