California allocates $5 million for a state doctorate. Pathway program
The State of California has approved $5 million for Cal-Bridge, a program that provides underrepresented students a pathway to pursue advanced doctorates and join the state’s science and technology workforce, including as a public university professor.
“The new state funding will provide more young Californians from historically underrepresented communities the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies and access the support needed to complete the degree and thrive in the professions of their choice,” said Dr. Lori Kletzer, provost and campus executive. vice-chancellor of the University of California at Santa Cruz.
The program, launched in 2014, offers students from California community colleges and the California State University (CSU) system a pathway to pursue an advanced doctorate. degrees through the University of California (UC) system. It is a partnership between the UC and CSU campuses designed to help students majoring in physics, computer science, and mathematics to enter doctoral studies. programs across the state and nation.
The $5 million, part of the new California state budget, will allow Cal-Bridge to expand the areas covered and expand its impact.
“Faculty diversification will lead to growth in gender, racial, and ethnic representation in the broader tech workforce by increasing the number of students from historically underrepresented groups earning degrees in STEM fields because that they see teachers who look like them,” said Dr. Alexander Rudolph, director of Cal-Bridge and professor of physics and astronomy at Cal Poly Pomona. “As countries around the world increase their investments in science and technology, ensuring that our nation uses all available talent to develop our expertise and capabilities in these areas is a matter of economic and national security.”