Allied Programs

The CPLC works closely with and leverages campus and national resources to achieve improved outcomes for all of our students, postdocs, and outreach program participants, with a special focus on groups under-represented in physics. For example, the University has recently renewed its $1M award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for its Illinois Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring. This grant supports recruitment and long-term mentoring of up to 50 Sloan and Illinois Sloan Scholars per year from under-represented ethnic and racial groups in STEM graduate programs. The Co-PI, Dr. Lance Cooper, Associate Head for Graduate Programs in the Department of Physics, works with the CPLC to place students with an interest in biological physics. The CPLC currently supports two Sloan Scholars, one of whom also receives a CPLC Graduate Fellowship. The CPLC also works closely with the Physics Department to develop relationships and recruit students from minority serving institutions. This includes sending our faculty, students, and outreach director to minority STEM conferences such as the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). Please see below for links to the on and off-campus resources the CPLC leverages to recruit and support students and postdocs from under-represented groups: