METRIC - Mentored Excellence Toward Research and Industry Careers (TIER 1 Application)

METRIC Program Information and Eligibility

METRIC students receive need-based scholarships and participate in activities designed to facilitate their scholastic and professional development and to prepare them for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Please be sure you meet all stated criteria below before applying. You can find more information about METRIC at

The following majors are available for recruitment into the program:

  • Geology: 2 students
  • Physics: 1 student

Selected students will:

  • Receive a need-based scholarship up to $7400/year to enable the student to focus on their scholastic potential
    This scholarship is restricted to paying state tuition and mandatory campus fees (or tuition) only. Should you be eligible for other awards and waivers that are also restricted to paying only state tuition and mandatory campus fees (State University Grant, Cal Grant, fee waivers, etc.), adjustments to your aid package will be required so that the combined total from all of these programs does not exceed the actual tuition and mandatory campus fees you are required to pay.
  • Attend workshops and activities designed to provide specialized training that will support their career and leadership development
  • Meet regularly with a faculty mentor in the student’s major to help keep the student on track to their degree
  • Receive peer mentorship from a more senior student in their major
  • Receive funding to attend and present at conferences
  • Receive funding that supports their academic success (For example, tutoring and GRE fee)
  • Be in a lifelong network of students in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics

To be eligible for the METRIC program, you must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at CSULB as an undergraduate student
    (Post-baccalaureate/second bachelor students are not eligible.)
  • Be a declared BS-major or BS-pre-major in Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematics Education, or Physics
  • Be a Legal U.S. Citizen or Legal U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Be eligible for need-based financial aid based on their Financial Aid Application
  • Agree to participate in the program activities
  • Agree to provide tracking data and be part of longitudinal research and tracking of graduate studies or professional placement. CSULB will provide the appropriate forms and will work with alumni members to submit the tracking information

Additional requirements for the METRIC Starters (for Freshmen or Sophomores who have at least 3 years left to graduate) program include:

  • Having a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or a minimum of CSULB GPA of 2.5
  • Have earned a minimum “B” grade in MATH 111/113 and eligibility to take Math 122
    (Students who are currently making successful progress towards their eligibility to take MATH 122 can be considered on an individual basis.)

Additional requirements for the METRIC Scholars (for Juniors or Seniors who have no more than 3 years left to graduate) program include:

  • Having a minimum CSULB GPA of 2.5
  • All prerequisites have been met to take the appropriate upper division major courses as defined below:*_
    o Chemistry: Eligible to take CHEM 371A and a minimum “B” in prior CHEM courses
    o Geology: Eligible to take GEOL 322 and a minimum “B” in prior GEOL courses
    o Mathematics: Eligible to take MATH 310, 364A, 380, or other 300-level MATH and a minimum “B” in prior MATH courses
    o Physics: Eligible to take PHYS 310 and a minimum “B” in prior PHYS courses

Up to $7,400/year for Tuition and Fees Only
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, METRIC