Campus: CSU Long Beach -- September 30, 2002
Cal State Long Beach Professor Receives Renewal
Grants For Career, Research Projects For Underrepresented Minority Students
John Jung, a professor of psychology at Cal State Long Beach, recently
received renewal grants from the National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH) for a pair of programs that work with underrepresented minority
students--one program for graduate level students and another for high
The grants were awarded for the Psychology Department’s Career
Opportunities in Research (COR) Program and the Career Opportunities
in Research Education and Training (CORET). NIMH approved $188,619 for
the first of five years of COR support and $37,800 in first-year funding
was okayed for CORET.
“With each successive renewal, in a sense, my track record as
a producer of doctoral students is embellished,” said Jung, who
joined the university in 1962 and is currently participating in the
CSU Faculty Early Retirement Program. “We’ve been reasonably
successful. About 75 percent of our students go past the bachelor’s
degree. Since 1981, we have produced 23 students who have received their
PhDs and I’m very pleased with that.”
This is the fifth five-year cycle of funding awarded COR and the second
five-year cycle for CORET since Jung founded it in 1997.
As director of COR, which started in 1981 as the Minority Access to
Research Careers, Jung helps to encourage outstanding underrepresented
minority students to pursue graduate studies for doctorates in psychology.
This year’s nine trainees receive $10,000 for 10 weeks in the
summer and the academic year. Registration fees and travel expenses
to a professional conference and the National COR Colloquium are included.
The CSULB program is one of the three oldest COR programs and the only
one west of the Mississippi until recently. There are currently 22 COR
programs at colleges and universities across the United States.
The CORET Program for ethnic minority high school students covers the
junior and senior years. Six high school honors students from Millikan
High School and Wilson High School in the Long Beach Unified School
District with interests in the social sciences are introduced each year
to the nature and importance of scientific approaches to the study of
The students attend a six-week summer program following their sophomore
year, and during their junior year, students come once a week to campus
to observe and participate in ongoing faculty directed research projects.
They also meet with students participating in the college-level COR
program for further guidance.
During the second summer, students are guided in the preparation of
an independent research project proposal that is completed during the
senior academic year under the supervision of a faculty mentor. At the
end of the year, each student makes a formal presentation of their research
before an audience of student and faculty mentors, family and friends.
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