California State University (CSU) Lab Sites


California State University (CSU) Lab Sites

A large number of CSU campus laboratories statewide are conducting leading-edge research. The available research projects vary greatly from year to year and campus to campus. Our top CSU labs provide a vibrant research environment often with fewer practical access barriers than national laboratories. 

Previous Cal Poly Projects:


Previous Fresno State Projects:


Previous Sacramento State Projects:


Previous Channel Islands Projects:

USGS LogoCSU Channel Islands proudly partners with the US Geological Survey to conduct work on Santa Rosa Island. Fellows working on island projects will participate both on the island, staying at the CSU Channel Islands field biology station, and the main campus as the project needs require. Transportation to and from the island is coordinated by the Channel Islands staff. The USGS lab works on a variety of rare plant ecology and restoration projects in Channel Islands National Park. Before ranching ended, Santa Rosa Island had extensive shrublands and woodlands with plants that captured summer fog water to survive a time of year that would otherwise be dry. We are engaged in a three year project on the crucial high point of the island to restore the vegetation by slowing erosion and rebuilding soil, replanting shrubs and trees, and using artificial structures and the plantings to capture fog and enhance the self-sustainability of the vegetation. Learn more about this project through an interview with Dr. McEachern

Channel Islands Fellows will engage in restoration research in the island interior on three or four 7-10 day island rotations during the summer. The work is physically demanding and remote, working in a National Park few people get to visit. Island accommodations are bunkhouse-style with a shared kitchen (Fellows pack-in their own food). 


Previous San Francisco State University Projects:

SFSU has two distinct STAR Research sites. The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (see RTC page) does work related to marine and estuarine environments. Additional projects will be available on the SFSU main campus including:

2DSemiconductorNanoscale Devices Project: Our research focuses on the electronic, optical and electro-optical properties of nanoscale devices made from two dimensional and zero-dimensional systems. These devices are made from a recently discovered family of materials which are only a few atoms thick. These materials include graphene, one atom thick carbon membrane, and transition metal dichalcogenides (MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2). The zero-dimensional materials include quantum dots and different metal nano-particles. STAR Fellow projects are likely to involve studying the photoluminescence properties, micro-Raman spectroscopy, photocurrent spectroscopy and growth of these nanoscale materials. More info on this research group can be found on their webpage. (Image Caption: Photoluminescence image of atom thick MoS2 semiconductor. The size of the butterfly flake is 25 micrometers in length. Colors represent fluorescent-photons energy.)

Examine a 2016 project with this lab group:



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