I am proudly a first generation latino student. Thus, I want other minority students to be aware that there are several local, national and international programs and organizations specifically designed to guide and assist minority students to pursue undergraduate/graduate degrees and achieve a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. In my case, I simply would have not make it this far without some of these programs. I hope they can also help you in your academic endeavors.
Here are few of those….
CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science) is a program present in all the UCs which provides support and advancement opportunities to ethnically underrepresented students. They offer paid summer research programs, funding for conferences, funding for school expenses, counseling, etc.
UC LEADS (University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees) is a program in the UCs that places undergraduates in local labs where the they gain hand-on experience by performing research for one or two years under the supervision of a P.I. The program aims to better prepare student for grad school.
HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) offers a number of scholarships for hispanic undergrads and grad students. They also have programs for developing professional and leadership skills.
CONACYT (for Mexican citizens only, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología). The equivalent of NSF in Mexico. It offers several types of scholarships for Mexican citizens mostly to study grad school, in both national (in Mexico) and international schools (almost any school in the world).
SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Scienceis). “A society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.”
CAMP Statewide Symposium. For more info contact the CAMP office at your campus.
Other conferences and symposiums for minority students.
Not in a STEM field? These are just some examples, don’t be discouraged if they don’t apply to you. Keep looking and you will find a program that will help you reach your goal.