Social Science Research Initiative research interns are undergraduate students from UC Davis who assist with research related to the Career Paths of Latina President’s Postdoctoral Fellows study. They are responsible for coding in-depth interviews to examine the career trajectories of all of the Latinas selected for the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (PPFP) since its inception in 1984.
The PPFP was established as a program to attract outstanding underrepresented women and minority Ph.D. recipients into academic careers at the University of California.
The pool of past and present fellows provides a unique sample with extensive work histories from entry level to advanced levels of the professoriate, so this study of their career experiences illuminates the processes that both hinder and promote success among underrepresented faculty. The issues identified and insights gained from this study allows us to tailor the structure of CAMPOS and related UC Davis ADVANCE programming to optimize their positive effects on our target group.
Roxana Garcia-Ochoa is a third year undergraduate student at UC Davis. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Services, alongside a minor in Latin American Studies. Roxana Holds an Associate of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science and an Associate of Science degree in Natural Science and Mathematics from Napa Valley College.
Her research interests include understanding the social and health related issues affecting underserved communities. as an undergraduate at UC Davis, Miss Garcia-Ochoa is an active member of Danzantes del Alma Folklorico retention program that promotes the Latino culture on campus and within the UC Davis community.
Roxana plans to continue her studies in a social policy and public health masters program. Following a doctoral program that will allow her to continue to perform research.
Thania Espinoza Sandoval is a senior studying Sociology with an emphasis in Social Services and a minor in Education and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include Latino/a access to higher education, the widening gap of academic achievement amongst Latinos/as in education and bilingual education.
As an undergraduate Ms. Espinoza was an active participant in community service aimed to serving Latino/a migrant communities and was involved in the organization of a youth empowerment conference dedicated to middle and high school Latino/a students. Additionally, she works for Davis Bridge as a Lead Tutor for an elementary school. Ms. Espinoza plans to continue conducting research and will enroll in a Ph.D. Program.
Yessenia Gonzalez is a third year undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis. She is pursuing a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Biology, as well as minoring in Chicana/o Studies. Her research interests involve studying the role of the mind on physiological health.
As an undergraduate at UC Davis, Ms. Gonzalez is actively volunteering at Clinica Tepati, in a student-run clinic that helps provide primary care services to the uninsured, mainly Latino/a population in the Sacramento area. Additionally, she is involved in organizing a youth empowerment conference and an annual scholarship for high school students to encourage them to continue into higher education. Her future academic plans include pursuing a Masters of Health Services—Physician Assistant Studies, in hopes to fill the need for primary care providers to care for underserved communities.
Jeannette Martinez is an undergraduate student majoring in Chicana/o Studies with an emphasis is Social Policy and History at the University of California, Davis. Ms. Martinez holds an Associate degree in Arts from Contra Costa College. Her research interests are focused on educational segregation in urban communities and the educational outcomes and effects this has among youth of color.
During her undergraduate years Ms. Martinez was an active participant in creating a space for student empowerment for community college students. Ms. Martinez intends to enroll in a doctoral program after obtaining a masters degree. Her ultimate goal is to become a university professor.
Elizabeth Quino is a fourth year Human Development major and Chicano/a Studies minor at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include public health focusing on underserved communities as well as cognitive development in newborns. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, Ms. Quino was involved as a fundraising chair for summer and spring brigades to Honduras and Nicaragua with Global Medical Brigades.
Additionally, Ms. Quino works as an AVID tutor at a local middle school focusing on providing services to low-income children. Her future educational goals include pursuing a Master’s in Public Health and also obtain a medical doctorate degree. She hopes to work as a Pediatric Oncologist with Medics without Borders in order to provide services developing countries. Additionally, it is her hope to help developing countries strengthen their public health programs to help eliminate child malnutrition.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.