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NSS Programs and Projects

Student success is paramount at the College of Natural and Social Sciences. The following programs provide an avenue for a collaborative research environment between students and faculty that encourages student discovery. 

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NSS Student Research Opportunities

Cal State LA Big Data Project

In the Fall of 2018, the College of Natural and Social Sciences was awarded nearly one million dollars from the National Science Foundation to partner with the City of Los Angeles, Community Partners, and other local nonprofits to promote community civic engagement and big data literacy. Working with the City’s LA GeoHub, faculty and students design and implement projects in coordination with the goals of local nonprofits. The grant connects the university to the community through the work of nonprofits by mapping City-wide data relevant to three focus areas: Social Justice, Urban Environment, and the Arts.

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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program 

Each year, four new MMUF fellows are selected from among applicants in the rising junior class (last semester as a sophomore.) These newly selected cohorts of fellows join the previously selected cohorts of rising and graduating senior fellows, where they are provided with mentoring and financial support as they prepare for entry into PhD programs and eventual careers as scholars and faculty members.

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Minorities Opportunities in Research (MORE) Programs

The mission of the Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Programs at California State University, Los Angeles is to make available to the American scientific research enterprise the creativity and intellectual talents of minority group members. To this end, the University has established several programs to enhance the development of minority students who wish to pursue research careers in basic science disciplines, mathematics and engineering.

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NASA DIRECT-STEM Program

The NASA DIRECT-STEM Program has an overarching goal of recruiting highly competitive, historically under-represented students, giving them direct NASA research experience in scientific computing and data analysis, and inspiring them to become future leaders in STEM-related professions.

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STEM Educaton Consortium

The STEM Education Consortium (STEMEC) is a resource center for 1) students currently enrolled or interested in enrolling in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and 2) faculty engaged in STEM curriculum development and assessment. Funded for 2.8m by the Department of Education First in the World program, STEMEC is established in three locations: California State University - Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, and West Los Angeles College.

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Undergraduate Travel Support

Support for Student Travel (SUST) is a reimbursement program designed to encourage and assist NSS undergraduate students. NSS encourages undergraduate students to gain knowledge and experience by presenting professional academic conference papers, posters and presentations, all of which may include travel in California and out-of-state.

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