A Short History of P2R

Pathways to Research (P2R) draws upon the Civil Rights legacy of the EOP by preparing generations of researchers committed to social justice. In the last six-years, P2R has supported 239 first-generation and low-income under/graduate students and 40 doctoral mentors at UCSC, as they collaboratively explored the research process, and how to plan, prepare, and apply to graduate school. By providing the opportunity for both to define and practice their identities as emergent scholars, P2R has become a key mutual retention strategy for under/graduate students who overcame huge obstacles to be the first in their families to earn Bachelor and Doctoral degrees.

In the years ahead, P2R will explore collaborative strategies for involving under/graduate students in research and service-learning in partnership with the Division of Social Sciences to draw upon the collective strength of UCSC’s world-class faculty to prepare generations of interdisciplinary and intercultural engaged-researchers, while directly connecting them to the “research needs” of local community-based organizations.

Our Theory of Change:

First-generation and low-income students will pursue graduate degrees - and persist - at higher rates when interdisciplinary and intercultural mentoring-relationships are built across the social sciences between undergraduate and graduate researchers. As their collaborative engagement with research deepens, both will benefit from service learning opportunities connected to community-engaged research projects that transform the county of Santa Cruz.