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Title: Pathways Fellows: Studying Supports and Barriers to and Through Higher Education
Center: NCER Year: 2021
Principal Investigator: Noel, Jana Awardee: California State University, Sacramento
Program: Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program      [Program Details]
Award Period: 5 years (09/01/2021 - 08/31/2026) Award Amount: $1,371,707
Type: Training Award Number: R305B210012

Co-Principal Investigators: Fong, Timothy; Brooks, Jacqueline

The Pathways training program at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State), originally funded by IES in 2016, is designed to provide upper-level undergraduate students, recent graduates, and masters-level students with experiences in conducting education research while preparing participants for doctoral study. Over the course of the 5-year grant, Sacramento State will offer up to 48 participants one-year Pathways fellowships.

The interdisciplinary training program's theme focuses on understanding supports and barriers to and through higher education. Fellows will study factors that inequitably affect students, especially underrepresented minorities, as they progress from kindergarten to 12th grade, and to and through higher education. Factors include inequitable learning environments and campus climates; disruptions to one's sense of belonging; supports and barriers to educational progress; and policies and legislation both positively and negatively affecting students in high school, community college, and the 4-year university.

For participation in the training program, each fellow will receive a summer research apprenticeship stipend, an allowance for meals during the summer apprenticeship, and a small allowance for travel and professional development.

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Increasing Diversity in the Education Sciences

A primary purpose of all Pathways training programs is to help increase diversity in the Education Sciences. As a Minority Serving Institution (Hispanic Serving and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving), Sacramento State has a diverse student population from which to recruit Pathways fellows. While the Sacramento State program is open to all juniors, seniors, and masters students who meet the program's requirements, the University will specifically recruit students typically underrepresented in the education sciences, as well as students from a wide variety of academic disciplines.

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