We are busy here at CSUPERB getting ready for the 33rd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium that will be held January 7-10, 2021
as a virtual event. At this point, we will be opening the registration system next week on the symposium website
. Registration will be FREE
to all participants this year!
CSUPERB Grants Updates
We have several grant programs open at this time. Please consider nominating a colleague for the Faculty Research Award
(November 4th, 5 pm deadline). Check out the opportunities here
. We will be releasing a recorded webinar to help support your application process, including specifics about the CSUPERB grants and review process, especially for those grants due in February. We are also holding two grant workshop sessions: November 16, 1-2 pm and December 11, 1-2 pm. Please join us using this link.
For those of you that have one of our grants and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider visiting our updated COVID-19 guidelines
. Also, don’t forget that we have a “COVID-19 Research Recovery Microgrant Program” that is open to support faculty as they return to their research laboratories.
The CSU has featured the CSUPERB-Howell Scholars program and alumni on the website
Each year, the CSU awards select undergraduates across the system with the CSUPERB-Howell Research Scholarship—supported by the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research
. CSUPERB-Howell Scholars work with CSU faculty mentors on a research project related to women’s health, usually as third and fourth-year undergraduates.
There are now more than 196 CSUPERB-Howell alumni (2000-2020) doing amazing work and contributing to the California biotech space. Alumni include professionals in biotech and biotechconnected jobs, students enrolled in graduate and professional programs, licensed healthcare professionals and many more. 44% of the alumni are now employed at a biotechnology-relevant job at a company or in academia.
We are so proud of the CSUPERB-Howell Scholars and Alumni!
Contributed by Christine Montgomery
CSUPERB Safe Space
Earlier this month we held or second CSUPERB Safe Space. We began discussing how to attract and recruit diverse faculty to the California State University (CSU) as well as rewarding and highlighting current faculty who engage in diversity work and mentorship. We also took some time to think about how the current events, such as the grand jury decision in Breonna Taylor’s case and the Presidents’ mention of the Proud Boys can affect our students and colleagues as they try to manage their daily responsibilities. We heard that reaching out to people that are affected by these events, even though we may not be able to change the outcome, is appreciated and vital. Finally, we committed to talk about racism boldly and not skirt around the issue, whether by holding space to discuss it during class time or acknowledging racism in our workspace, homes and daily life.
We invite you to join our next and final CSUPERB Safe Space conversation of 2020 on November 19, 2020 at 2:30 pm. While this is our last Safe Space, we will keep the conversation going at the 33rd Annual California State University Biotechnology Symposium.
If you are interested in facilitating an anti-racism discussion at our next Safe Space session, please contact Christine Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributed by Paula Fischhaber-
The comment period on the draft of the CSU System’s Sustainable Procurement Policy closes on November 20, 2020. CSUPERB encourages all STEM-oriented faculty to contact their AVP of Research, Director of Research, and/or Provost before then to provide feedback on how the policy might affect their ability to conduct research, provide STEM instructional laboratories or promote club-based activities requiring specialized equipment and reagents.
HIPS in the States
Dr. Paula Fischhaber (CSUN Northridge and FCG Deputy Chair) and Dr. Corin Slown (CSU Monterey Bay and CSUPERB CUREs Network Editor) represented CSUPERB in a presentation at the 2020 Assessment Institute “HIPS in the States” virtual conference held October 25-28, 2020. Drs. Fischhaber and Slown co-presented a session entitled, “Scaling and Sustaining: Best Practices for Systems Implementing CUREs” along with Corin Vashoun White, and John E. Banks from CSU Monterey Bay. The session highlighted Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) programs at CSU Monterey Bay and the role of the CSUPERB CUREs Network in helping to promote use of CUREs throughout the CSU System.
ED Search Update
The search for the new permanent Executive Director of CSUPERB has officially launched! Please share this information widely to help us recruit a dynamic, visionary leader to succeed long-term ED Dr. Susan Baxter and Interim ED Dr. Bianca Mothé. Application review begins on November 20, 2020. The position posting can be found here.