CENTERS AND INSTITUTES
CSUB Centers and Institutes are auxiliary organizations created to encourage applied activity
around particular themes and functions. The following centers and institutes conduct studies, carry out research, and
provide service in particular subject matter fields.
For information on any of these and other CSUB Centers please contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at (661)
Applied Research Center
(ARC) has as its primary interest to conduct applied research relevant to practical and pressing issues in the Greater
Bakersfield community, Southern San Joaquin Valley, and state of California. The Center specializes in experimental designs,
longitudinal studies, and evaluation research.
Archaeology Information Center
maintains archaeological site record information for Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, and Tulare counties.
Business Research and Education Center
is a focal point for faculty research projects, coordinated student efforts, such as internship and scholarship programs, and
interactive efforts and programs between the School of Business and Public Administration and the business and government
communities. Its assists the local community with the practice and application of professional, ethical, and effective
business actives. The Center includes the Family Business Institute, the Kern County Technology Transfer Group, the Export
Facilitator Internship Program, and the Kern County Export Trade Program.
California Well Sample Repository
conducts and collects, classifies or processes, and stores representative samples of California rocks, including subsurface rocks
from wells, investigative borings and other subsurface information. The collection is available to bona fide investigators.
Center for Archaeological Research
conducts archeological studies on a consulting basis to governmental and private agencies. The Center provides excellent
opportunities for students to develop the skills and knowledge of Archaeology.
Center for Biomedical Research
support faculty engaging in research and scholarly activities in the biomedical sciences (e.g. microbiology, physiology,
molecular biology, and biochemistry).
Center for Economic Education and Research
has the following purposes: to further the goal of economic literacy by providing in-service workshops and curriculum
consultation for teachers and school districts; offering enrichment programs for teachers and special publics; sponsoring lectures
and symposia; to support the goals of the Economics Department, including applied regional research and scholarly efforts; and to
facilitate externally funded research and contractual work in economics and economic education.
Center for Environmental Studies (Facility for Animal Care and Treatment)
shall: conduct research including empirical, simulation and literature-based studies which facilitate understanding
environmental issues; provide a forum for the intellectual exchange of ideas central to planning the wise use of urban, rural and
wild lands; assist with activities and operations of the Environmental Studies Area (ESA); serve as an advocate for university and
community awareness of environmental issues by conducting workshops and public events which focus on environmental problems; and,
coordinating and disseminating information.
Center for Living and Learning
does research on matters related to aging; facilitates related community service programs; delivers educational programs relevant
to the population of older adults in the community; and, encourages the development of interdisciplinary programs in gerontology
and related subjects.
Center for Research in Agriculture and Biology
promotes community outreach, education and service to Kern County, especially the agricultural sector, to the mutual benefit of
both local agribusiness and the University; facilitates research, scholarly activity to advance agricultural productivity,
biological knowledge. The Center also serves as a vehicle for student experiential learning, by coordinating student research
projects with local agricultural challenges.
Center for Virginia Woolf Studies
was established to further knowledge about the work of Virginia Woolf, especially her feminism and anti-fascism during the 1930s
by, among other things: maintaining a website which publishes Woolf’s Reading Notes manuscripts and provides contextual resource
materials related to the online edition thereof; offering enrichment programs for scholars, students and significant segments of
the public; and, sponsoring lectures, symposia and other events related to the person and work of Virginia Woolf.
Kegley Institute of Ethics
conducts and encourages research, promotes interdisciplinary teaching, provides in-setting consultation, and information
pertaining to ethics theory and practice.
Politics Reasearch Center
does research and consulting that enhance student training and faculty teaching and professional competence in the following
areas; elections and participation in the United States; intergovernmental relations in the United States; fiscal and regulatory
policies in the United States; international trade, commerce, and environmental issues; and, human rights issues.
Public Service Institute
(PSI) makes available university-based resources and expertise to public, nonprofit and health care agencies in the southern San
Joaquin Valley. Specifically, PSI has a three-fold mission: to provide state-of-the-art technical, supervisory and managerial
training and assistance to public and nonprofit agencies in the service area; to maintain, utilize, and advance the Meryl Ruoss
International Repository of Public Administration Documents; and, to build international linkages that benefit students and