Cal State L.A. Gets $3.3 Million for Science Program for Minority Students

Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2015

Cal State Los Angeles received a $3.3-million grant to launch a research and education partnership with Penn State University to help minority students pursue degrees in engineering and materials science.

The five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will help establish a master’s degree in materials science and engineering at Cal State L.A., enabling students to pursue doctoral degrees at Penn State or other universities.

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The program will take on 70 students, mostly from underrepresented communities. The students will perform research at Cal State L.A. and Penn State.

Cal State L.A. professors will also supervise summer research programs with academically talented students from high schools with more than 95% Latino enrollment, according to Penn State.

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This year, the National Science Foundation announced six Partnership for Research and Education in Materials awards and Cal State L.A. was one of the winners.

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