An insurance policy for the people, places and programs that need it most, allowing UCLA to act quickly, retain faculty and seize opportunities.
As a doctoral student, Stephanie Patterson, Ph.D. ’13, could have attended an excellent graduate program in psychology closer to her hometown in Calgary, Canada. But she wanted to study autism with the very best scholars in the field, and those scholars were here at UCLA, which has pioneered the study of autism spectrum disorder since the 1950s.
By defraying her tuition, the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs fund made it possible for Patterson to pursue her studies at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and to contribute new research on behavioral interventions for people with autism spectrum disorder. She has already co-authored a book that advises parents and practitioners on how to help kids with autism participate in team sports. And this is just the beginning.
Thanks to the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs fund, UCLA is able to provide scholarships to recruit and enroll bright, promising graduate students like Patterson who may hold the key to a groundbreaking discovery that will benefit millions.
The Chancellor’s Greatest Needs is a source of support for the entire campus — it is an insurance policy for the people, places and programs that need it most. It allows the university to act quickly to develop new programs and curriculum, retain faculty and seize opportunities.
One of the innovative programs that the fund supports is Freshman Clusters, a series of courses organized around topics of timely importance, such as bioengineering and society or interracial dynamics in America. Taught by a multidisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students, this course series reaches an impressive 40 percent of first-year students. The impact? Students graduate with strong writing skills and the ability to think critically about a wide range of academic and social issues. They also develop long-lasting bonds with fellow students and faculty, providing first-years with a network to help them thrive at UCLA.
The Chancellor’s Greatest Needs awards matching research grants for new initiatives, such as the Volunteer Center, a catalyst for civic engagement and social change, and small-group seminars that have transformed the learning environment for undergraduates (Fiat Lux Freshman Seminar Program). The Chancellor’s Greatest Needs funds opportunities and innovations that enrich the entire campus.
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