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CSUPERB Newsletter - Issue #31

A couple of weeks ago, the symposium poster selection committee, led capably by Dr. Jennifer Whiles-L
CSUPERB Newsletter - Issue #31
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A couple of weeks ago, the symposium poster selection committee, led capably by Dr. Jennifer Whiles-Lillig (Sonoma State), sent out 247 poster acceptances to 180 groups on 22 CSU campuses. Dr. Matt Escobar (CSU San Marcos) recruited and seated numerous symposium award committees this fall. Eden and Nagel Award finalists have been selected. We’ve notified faculty award recipients (we keep that info ‘embargoed’ until the week of the symposium!). We’ve invited speakers and posted the 'at-a-glance’ symposium program at the website (keep checking in for updates until ~Dec. 13th). So - the CSUPERB community is on the downhill slide to the 32nd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium in Santa Clara (Jan. 16-18). I can’t wait to see how many groups present in the Poster 2.0 format (find more info here)!
James Schmitt and I recorded a CSUPERB Proposal Writing Webinar last Friday. If you know colleagues who might be considering or writing CSUPERB Seed Grant proposals (due Feb. 3, 2020), kindly point them to the webinar for tips and a nuanced discussion of the review criteria. You can find the 56 minute recording linked here; the link also lives in the news section of our website. For those of you looking for 1:1 advice, consider attending the next proposal writing workshop at the symposium (Jan. 16, 6:30 pm, Santa Clara Marriott). Or - Follow our #1 tip: contact the program office (619-594-2822 or
I am always overwhelmed when I ponder the amount of time faculty, deans, administrators and presidents system-wide give to CSUPERB. I can’t say thank you enough to the ~100 faculty and deans who served as poster abstract and proposal reviewers, on selection committees, and as workshop and session designers this fall. I hope you all have a festive but restful Thanksgiving holiday!

Open CSUPERB Calls and Deadlines
Links to all requests for proposals (RFPs) and nominations can be found at the CSUPERB home page ( All deadlines are at 5 p.m. pacific time.
  • Curriculum Development Grants – Deadline: February 3, 2020
  • New Investigator Grants – Deadline: February 3, 2020
  • Research Development Grants – Deadline: February 3, 2020
Upcoming CSUPERB Webinars
We’re putting the webinars on hiatus until February. We think the upcoming workshops and sessions at the symposium should fill the gap! Check future newsletters for upcoming webinar topics and dates.
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The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology provides grant funding to seed research projects and curriculum redesign efforts. We also run CSU I-Corps to help researchers investigate biotechnology commercialization. We organize the annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium. The CSUPERB newsletter publishes the fourth Friday of each month. CSUPERB Data Dashboard:

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