Supporting STEM diversity


    Cal State LA awarded NSF grant to support students earning degrees in engineering and computer science.

    California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) was awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase degree completion and career readiness among students in engineering and computer science majors. The grant is funded through the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program. The five-year grant will help launch the Culturally Adaptive Pathway to Success (CAPS) program at Cal State LA. CAPS aims to help motivated high-achieving students, particularly those who face socioeconomic challenges, fulfill their academic goals and career potential.

    “CAPS will build an inclusive pathway to accelerate the graduation of low-income, academically talented Cal State LA students majoring in civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering,” said Eun-Young Elaine Kang, the grant’s principal investigator and professor of computer science at Cal State LA. “The goal is to increase the number of highly prepared, well-qualified students pursuing advanced degrees or entering careers in STEM.”

    The CAPS program will award scholarships to rising sophomores in the University’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology who are identified for outstanding academic progress. The scholars will be provided a faculty mentor, peer group support, and professional development. Every CAPS scholar will meet with a faculty advisor beginning in their sophomore year. Mentors will focus on the student’s personal, educational, and professional growth. CAPS scholars will be grouped in peer cohorts, which will help the students develop a sense of belonging and an engineering identity.

    Information provided by California State University, Los Angeles (