Goldhirsh Foundation funds continuation of SLA GC Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

July 1, 2018
2017-2018 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Research Scholars.

The Goldhirsh Foundation committed $50K to the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) earlier this month to fund the FY19 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (SLA GC-URSP). This signature, year-long program began in the 2014-2015 academic year and matches students with SLA GC researchers. SLA GC-URSP combines research, coursework, and professional development in the area of urban sustainability. More than 100 students have completed the program since its inception.

The SLA GC-URSP is open to undergraduate students entering their second and third years and provides students with:

– Placement in an SLA GC faculty member research setting where students will conduct research under the mentorship of the faculty and senior researchers.

– A concurrent course that meets once per week that provides students with a background in urban sustainability, research and communication skills, and professional development.

– An interdisciplinary research experience among peers aimed at addressing real urban sustainability challenges in the Los Angeles region.

Students report that it’s a transformative experience. The SLA GC extends its thanks to the Goldhirsh Foundation for its generous investment. The program positions students to be future leaders to solve real-world sustainability problems.


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Learn more about the SLA GC-URSP and see other GC-URSP stories.

See recent post about Tara Roth, president of the Goldhirsh Foundation, joining the L.A. Sustainability Leadership Council co-chaired by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

See earlier post announcing UCLA Grand Challenges’ receipt of LA2050 Grants Challenge award in 2014 for the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (PI M. Popowitz).