Graduate students bring their cutting-edge research and practice into the K-12 classroom
The IMPACT LA NSF GK-12 program partners graduate teaching fellows with middle and high school science and math teachers within the East Los Angeles area. The Cal State L.A. graduate fellows serve as visiting scientists or engineers who work closely with their partner teachers to engage middle and high school students in science and engineering activities related to the fellows' research.
The program goals are to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum, inform and inspire students about careers in science
and engineering, and improve the graduate fellows ability to communicate their research to a broad audience.
The graduate fellows conduct transformative Master's thesis research in the following fields:
Computer Science | Computer/Electrical Engineering | Bioinformatics | Biomedical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering | Civil/Environmental Engineering | Biology | Chemistry | Physics | Math
Participating schools are:
Through a fellow preparation course and workshops, California State University, Los Angeles
(CSULA) faculty train fellows to improve their communication, collaboration, and teaching skills. The program goals are achieved through a strong partnership between CSULA, the Los Angeles Unified School District
(LAUSD) District #5, local industry, and minority serving organizations such as Great Minds in STEM
The broader impacts of this program are to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who pursue college degrees and careers in STEM and to strengthen the research and teaching skills of the graduate fellows. LAUSD District #5 is composed of 89,702 students where 96.6% are underrepresented minorities. As a United States Department of Education Accredited Minority Postsecondary Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution, CSULA has a large number of minority undergraduate Computer Science and Engineering students who are encouraged to participate in the IMPACT LA NSF GK-12 program as graduate fellows.
IMPACT LA NSF GK-12 Program
College of Engineering, Computer Science & Technology
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8152
(323) 343 - 4541