Project Upgrads

About Us

Project upGRADS (Utilizing & Promoting Graduate Resources & Access for Disadvantaged Students) is a 5-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Title V, pt. B, PPOHA program. This grant, which extends from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2024, supports the academic achievement of Hispanic and other disadvantaged graduate students. Project upGRADS seeks to increase the number of Hispanic and other disadvantaged students who enroll, persist and complete a graduate degree in a timely manner at CSUF, by providing effective advising and academic support, and by fostering meaningful engagement opportunities for Hispanic and other disadvantaged graduate students, while addressing the university’s institutional gaps and weaknesses, and serving to develop the campus climate for graduate education.

 

Project Overview 

  • 601
  • Workshop Attendees
  • $48K
  • Fellowship Funds Awarded
  • 48
  • Graduate Students Paired with a Faculty Mentor
  • 4
  • Faculty Development Workshops Provided
  • 183
  • Students Advised

As of 10-01-20

 

Project Initiatives 

Student Advising

For prospective students – Meet with our advisor if you are interested in learning more about any, or all, of the following:

  • How can graduate school benefit you
  • Which graduate program should you apply to
  • The graduate school application process
  • Receiving help with my graduate application for CSUF
  • Receiving information on funding and resources for graduate school at CSUF

For current graduate students - Meet with our advisor if you find yourself in the following, or similar, situations:

  • I would like information on funding and resources at CSUF
  • I am having an issue in my program and would like to talk to someone about it
  • I find myself on academic probation and feel like I need help

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Student Workshops

For prospective students – If you are an undergraduate student interested in graduate school, please join us for our Graduate School Prep Workshops.

Click on the appropriate semester to view all of the workshops offered and to register for them.

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For current graduate students – If you are interested in enhancing your graduate program experience by, developing your professional skills, learning about careers, preparing yourself for applying for jobs, please join us and the Career Center for our Career Readiness Workshops.

Click on the appropriate semester to view all of the workshops offered and to register for them.

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Pa’lante Fellowship Program

This program awards graduate students, from underrepresented backgrounds, a $1,000 scholarship, as well as faculty mentorship and professional development opportunities.

For complete details and to apply, Click Here.

Faculty/Graduate Student Mentoring Program

Attention graduate students! Are you looking for a little support? Someone who has been there before? Lived the life of graduate student but also understands the world of CSUF? Maybe someone who could discuss research, career development, stresses and demands, graduate school survival, the imposter syndrome, how to be successful and healthy in school, self-care, and simply what is happening for you in graduate school?

How about a faculty mentor?

The CSUF Faculty/Graduate Student Mentoring program is now in its 12th year of providing support for graduate students. Mentoring differs from regular “academic” advising in that students and faculty participate in mutually beneficial relationships and focus on building connected relationships. Faculty mentors are selected from across campus and they want to mentor graduate students. Many faculty mentors are 1st generation college students themselves and come from historically underrepresented backgrounds in higher education.

Whereas the program welcomes mentee applications from all students, the program specifically invites 1st generation college students, Hispanic, African American, and Asian Pacific Islanders graduate students, and other traditionally underrepresented students to submit an application.

If you have any questions please email Dr. Matt Englar-Carlson.

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Faculty Involvement

Pa’lante Fellowship Program Faculty Mentors

Faculty members are assigned to graduate students, who have been selected as fellowship recipients, for the purpose of mentoring them as it relates to the student’s professional development. In addition to corresponding with the student, faculty are required to attend two workshops, which they receive a stipend and FDC credit for.

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If you are interested in becoming a Pa’lante Mentor, please contact Luis Molina.

Faculty/Graduate Student Mentoring Program

Faculty apply to become a mentor to first-year graduate students (2-3 students), from an underrepresented background, for the purpose of providing social and emotional support throughout the student’s graduate program. In addition to corresponding with the students, faculty are required to attend four development workshops, which they will receive a stipend for.

AY 20-2021 Workshop Dates:

  • September 18, 2020, 8:00am – 10:00am
  • October 30, 2020, 8:00am – 10:00am
  • January 29, 2021, 8:00am – 10:00am
  • March 19, 2021, 8:00am – 10:00am

If you are interested in becoming a faculty mentor for this program, please contact Dr. Matt Englar-Carlson.

Newsletter

For highlights on accomplishments of Project upGRADS , please take a look at our newsletter.

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