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UCR Gets $960,000 for Minority Fellowships

UCR Received $960,000 Grant for Fellowships for Minority Students

Grant aimed at increasing minorities in mathematics, science and engineering

(March 16, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — ( — UC Riverside will receive a $960,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for 12 graduate fellowships in math, engineering and science for students from ethnically underrepresented minorities.

The fellowships include $30,000 a year for student stipend, plus $10,000 toward fees and tuition for the first two years of graduate study. It also includes support and academic year and summer research experiences, professional conference and research travel and monthly professional development seminars.

These 12 Bridge to the Doctorate awards are open to alumni of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program who accept admission to a mathematics, engineering or science graduate program at UCR for the fall 2007 term. The LSAMP program is part of a University of California-wide initiative called the California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CAMP) which seeks to increase the number of minorities getting doctorates in technical and science fields.

Each year, all 10 UC campuses compete for the $960,000 in graduate student grants and this year UC Riverside won. This is the first time the program has been awarded to UCR. “We have 12 lucrative fellowships for qualified graduates pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the science, technology and mathematics fields,” says Michael Marsella, assistant professor of chemistry who is in charge of the program. “We really want to find qualified applicants who can take advantage of the wonderful opportunity.”

Marsella said the program is currently accepting applications from qualified students.

Three UCR students who are participating in the CAMP-UCR program for undergraduate students received special merit awards at this month’s 2007 CAMP Statewide Symposium. Serena Cervantes was given an award for her oral presentation in life/biological sciences, Felipe Godinez and Dorian Perkins received awards for separate presentations in physical sciences/engineering.

For more information about the Bridge to the Doctorate fellowship program or the CAMP-UCR undergraduate program please contact Michael Marsella at or Jo Ann Heick at



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