Breaking Down Barriers
The University or Arizona, recently designated a Hispanic Serving Institution, has several programs that strengthen diversity in STEM education. One of them is the Bridge to the Doctorate program. Jim Field, assistant dean for graduate education in the College of Engineering, is principal investigator for the project, which is helping prepare its third UA cohort for competitive PhD programs.
“I decided to become an engineer because I wanted to learn technical skills that I could use to create positive change. With this fellowship, I could fully dedicate myself to my studies and research.”Jennifer Salazar, agricultural and biosystems engineering, 2016-2018 cohort
“My parents were architects in Mexico, and I always had an interest in the engineering field. This program made it possible for me to obtain my graduate degree.”Daniel Lizarraga, civil engineering, 2016-2018 cohort
“With nearly a quarter of graduate students from underrepresented minority groups, the UA has been a leader in increasing diversity among graduate students. This grant helps relieve one of the huge barriers – the financial part.”Professor Jim Field, principal investigator, NSF Bridge to the Doctorate project
“One of the most valuable assets of the fellowship is the sense of community. It is important to know there are people you can reach out to when things are rough.”David Lopez, chemical engineering, 2016-2018 cohort
Program Coordinator, Senior
College of Engineering Graduate Education