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July 3, 2003
DH 03 TK036
Contact: Thomas Knox
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Cal State Dominguez Hills Receives $1.1 Million Grant From
U.S. Department of Education for Disadvantaged Students

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program grant aids students pursuing doctoral studies

Carson, Calif: – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) a $1.1 million grant to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue their doctoral studies. Funded through the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, the grant will support 22 students each year for a five-year period as they pursue research and other scholarly activities.

The goal of the program, named for an African-American astronaut and scientist who died in the Challenger disaster in 1984, is to increase the number of underrepresented students who earn doctoral degrees.

“Receiving the McNair program award demonstrates that Cal State Dominguez Hills has a proven track record of preparing disadvantaged students for study at the doctoral level, and that we have the potential to do even more to achieve that goal,” said Cecile Lindsay, Ph.D., project director and associate vice president for Academic Programs and dean of Graduate Studies and Research at CSUDH. “This will be a wonderful opportunity for students interested in graduate study and research.”

Lindsay said McNair Scholars will work with a faculty mentor on a research project, engage in a summer research internship, receive academic support services, and visit doctoral institutions. The students will also benefit from guest lecturers, workshops and a research methods seminar.

The first group of McNair Scholars will be recruited by October. Eligible participants will be selected based on academic potential and demonstrated interest in pursing a doctoral degree.

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