Advancing into Graduate Studies

With funding from the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program, CAHSI has initiated efforts to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue and complete graduate degrees in computing areas, in particular Hispanics and women. This will be realized by the addition of nine Carnegie-classified Research Tier 1 (R1; very high research activity) HSIs to the CAHSI network, increasing the number of doctoral-granting CAHSI institutions to 13. Specifically, the goal of the CAHSI BPC Alliance Extension (BPC-AE) project is to advance a research-based framework for attracting, preparing, and supporting female students and others from underrepresented groups, in particular Hispanic students who are citizens and permanent residents, in their trajectory toward completion of graduate degrees in computing areas. The effort will: expand first- and second-year students’ research knowledge at participating CAHSI institutions through exposure to research as a career pathway; engage upper-division students in research experiences that prepare them for graduate-level research; and build graduate program infrastructure through the adoption and study of evidence-based, multi-institutional graduate support structures that lead to Hispanic students’ success in their graduate studies.

The efforts associated with the grant are:

  • Efforts that provide students awareness of research through labs that have a research focus, engagement in co-curricular activities that provide exposure to research, and interactions with graduate students with whom they identify
  • A local Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program through which undergraduate students work on projects aligned with research from a CAHSI research institution and supervised by a faculty member from their home institution; visit the Student and Faculty tabs for applications to the program
  • Student involvement in external REU projects
  • Opportunities to learn about graduate programs and interact with faculty from research institutions
  • Doctoral student support structures bolstered by a network that builds students’ belonging and sense of identity, and includes professional development workshops
  • Creation of a faculty network to build research collaborations, support research capacity at non-doctoral granting institutions, and provide guidance on student-support structures.

Contact:   Elizabeth F. Hall, CAHSI Backbone, efhall@utep.edu

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