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Drs. Derakhshan & Bernal Help Lead the New LEAP Program @ CSULB

Dr. Derakhshan is among the principal investigators (and is the CNSM coordinator) of a new research program at CSULB to train a new generation of highly skilled Hispanic scientists and engineers. The program will be supported by a ~$2.1M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Intended to increase the representation of Hispanic students in STEM fields, the active learning-based educational program (LEAP) is a collaboration between the COB, COE, and CNSM in partnership with local industries.

Participating students will have a chance to conduct applied research, guided by a team of mentors from both academia and industry. Each student will receive a noticeable financial support (up to $~5500) by accomplishing the applied project. Each research team will have access to a business advisor and a compliance advisor as a supplemental tool to meet the established benchmarks of the research project.

Interested students may contact Dr. Bernal (Student Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Coordinator, More details are available in the LEAP website:

LEAP program flowchart