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Graduate Degrees for Hispanics: Great Strides Made, More Needed
by Mary Ann Cooper
With so much emphasis on undergraduate degrees as evidenced by the Obama administration’s push to increase students completing degrees by the year 2020, there is a tendency not to examine the impact Latinos are having in obtaining graduate degrees – particularly doctoral degrees. So, it might come as a surprise in some circles to find out that the number of Hispanics pursing doctoral degrees has risen more than any ethnic group or race. click here

UNM Helps Hispanics Reach Graduate School
by Michelle Adam
Ricardo Romero, a Hispanic New Mexican who was the first in his family to graduate from college, is forever grateful to the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program for changing his life. As one of numerous scholars nationwide who took part in the first round of this federally- funded program in 1999, Romero discovered what he was capable of achieving in higher education, and has since helped others like himself do the same. click here

Posse Foundation Launches STEM Scholarships
by Gary M. Stern
Since Deborah Bial, founder and CEO of Posse Foundation, launched it in 1989, the nonprofit has helped students, including many minority undergraduates, earn 5,444 scholarships from 51 participating colleges. Its roster of colleges includes Cornell University, Bryn Mawr College, Dickinson College, Northwestern University and smaller school such as Agnes Scott College. click here

CSUSM Adopts Recruitment and Retention Strategies
by Frank DiMaria
In its short time in existence the Graduate Program at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has compiled an impressive, and still growing, list of accomplishments. Established in 1993 it accepted its first students in the fall of 1995. Today it offers 13 master’s degree programs and one joint doctoral degree program. Cal State San Marcos is an Hispanic-Serving Institution in which 31 percent of its students are identified as Hispanic and 50 percent of its students are first-generation college students. The school has a student body of 11,000 with about 600 in the Graduate Program.

Hispanic Engineers Face Global Competition for Grad School
by Peggy Sands Orchowski
Last fall Jesús Medina was enthusiastic, optimistic and excited. He was starting his senior year at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) as a hardworking engineering student. The first in his family to go to college, he had spent the last two summers away from his immigrant parents in Los Angeles to participate in a personalized, paid research mentoring graduate program at UCSB. Although high school and at UCSB, he had been supported by MESA, an organization mainly in the Southwest that mentors underrepresented minorities K-16 in mathematics, engineering and science achievement. Medina had happily given back by being an outreach fellow with the organization that in 2012 had been given UCSB’s “most active club” award.

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