Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- March 26, 2004
Cal State L.A. Receives Collaborative Grant for
California State University, Los Angeles, recently received a prestigious
grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen the University’s
chemical research program. One of only four institutions awarded nationwide,
the $2.7 million, five-year NSF grant focuses on developing a Partnership
for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) collaborative with the
California Institute of Technology.
Directed by Professor Frank A. Gomez (Montebello resident) of the Chemistry
and Biochemistry department at Cal State L.A., the collaborative integrates
student research experiences, scientific seminars, mentoring and advising.
“We are very happy and honored to have been awarded this grant.
The funds will allow us to further strengthen the research in the department
as well as expand the research opportunities for our students. It is
my hope that this program will serve as a model for similar initiatives
throughout the United States,” says Gomez.
The five-year grant focuses on strengthening the materials science research
linkages between CSULA and Caltech. Along with Gomez, CSULA professors
Matthias Selke and Yong Ba (chemistry and biochemistry) join Caltech
professors Stephen Quake (applied physics) and Julie Kornfield and John
Bercaw (chemistry and chemical engineering), in creating a collaborative
research and educational effort between the two colleges. The grant
will also support summer research experiences for students from Roosevelt,
Garfield, and Wilson High Schools.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal State L.A. has a
long tradition of involving students in research. During the past two
decades hundreds of Cal State L.A. graduates, including many underrepresented
minorities, have continued on to Ph.D. and professional degree programs.
“I take great pride in directing this program and providing our
students and high school students from the surrounding community opportunities
to conduct state-of-the-art science. The linkage with Caltech is particularly
important and will allow us to offer CSULA students research experiences
in collaboration with one of the premier institutions in the world,”
Contact: Margie Yu, Public Affairs, (323) 343-3047