Through a collaboration between CSUDH and UCLA Anderson Forecast, CSUDH undergraduates with an interest in economics will be the exclusive recipients of the UCLA Anderson Forecast Fellows program.
The newly launched initiative, funded by a grant from Edison International, seeks to increase diversity in the field of economics by inspiring and developing young economists from underserved communities. With an undergraduate population that is 56% first-generation, 44% Pell-eligible, and 91% students of color, CSUDH is uniquely poised to lead in linking underrepresented students to opportunities.
The UCLA Anderson Forecast Fellows Program will officially launch in January 2022 and will initially award one-year fellowships to two undergraduate students currently enrolled at CSUDH. The selection committee will consist of representatives from the Forecast and several departments and centers based at CSUDH.
The Forecast and CSUDH have created a comprehensive process to select and mentor the fellows. Over the course of the calendar year, CSUDH faculty and staff as well as Forecast economists will serve as sponsors and be paired with each fellow to provide a supportive environment to ensure their success. The sponsors will work with the fellows throughout the year on training, software, research progress and other aspects of the program to maximize the experience of the program.
The fellows will be invited and encouraged to attend selected MBA lectures in order to gain a better understanding of the overall graduate school experience. At the conclusion of the calendar year, each of the fellows will have completed a research paper, which will be published by the Forecast and featured at a quarterly conference held at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
“UCLA Anderson and the Anderson Forecast are extremely grateful to Edison International for funding this program,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast. “Their generosity will provide new paths for students from underserved communities, and we are excited to be part of that.”