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NSF report cites Cal State LA as a top producer of Latino doctorate recipients

May 8, 2017

Cal State LA has once again earned national recognition for graduating Latino students who go on to earn the Ph.D. in science and engineering fields.

Among bachelor’s and master’s granting institutions in the continental U.S., Cal State LA is number one for producing Latino doctorates in areas such as chemistry, physics, mathematics and statistics, computer sciences, biological sciences, and engineering, according to data compiled by the National Science Foundation.

Cal State LA also continues to lead the nation in preparing Latinas for the Ph.D. in science and engineering. Now, for the first time, the University leads in preparing Latinos for doctoral study in science and engineering. Among bachelor’s and master’s granting colleges and universities, Cal State LA tops the list in preparing Hispanic men and Hispanic women, according to the NSF.

“We are proud that our alumni are enriching the face of science and engineering and helping our nation succeed in these critical fields,” Cal State LA President William A. Covino said. “This is a testament to the determination of our students and the dedication of our faculty and staff who help make academic success a reality.”  

The most recent findings cover 2010 through 2014 and were published in the NSF report, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2017. The report provides statistical information about the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment. The data come from surveys conducted by the NSF, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

“The success of Cal State LA students in Ph.D. programs is a tribute to their talents and their diligence, and to the strong mentoring provided by their faculty research directors and staff,” said Carlos G. Gutiérrez, professor of chemistry and director of the Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Programs at Cal State LA.

The NSF placed the University among the top 50 U.S. institutions for producing Latino doctorates in science and engineering.

Alumni of Cal State LA’s MORE Programs were the largest contributors to the University’s success. In the past decade, between 70 percent of MORE undergraduates and 85 percent of MORE master’s students have entered Ph.D. programs at universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UCLA and University of California, San Diego - Scripps.

MORE Programs are funded by grants from the NSF, National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the American Chemical Society. All programs focus on preparing students for success in graduate programs leading to the Ph.D.

Pictured: Cal State LA student in reseach lab. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

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