Program Description

Cal-ADAR seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in demography (with an emphasis on aging) by providing a robust educational program to qualified students.

Being a Cal-Adar trainee offers many important benefits:

•Financial support (fees and/or stipend)
•One-on-one mentorship throughout the program
•Specialized training for successful careers
•Actual research experiences to be put on a resumé.
•Paid summer research internships or mentored research experiences

 It consists of a minor in demography (Demog 110, 126 and 175), and coursework in research design, statistics and social theory. Trainees also attend a seminar on professionalization skills, and another focusing on applying to graduate schools. Trainees have access to the Director for one-on-one mentoring, and to a GSI who provides research support during the semester. Ultimately the goal is to encourage trainees to attend graduate school in a related topic of research and perhaps even become professors themselves.


Academic:  As this is a three-semester program, Cal-ADAR is targeted to juniors, although seniors may apply. Prerequisites for admittance to the program are introductory statistics, an introductory course in research design (e.g., Sociology 5), and a course in social science theory (economics, sociology, or political science). These courses are normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years. The grade point requirement for coursework overall and for prerequisite courses is at least a 3.3 or B+. The application will consist of a transcript, an essay describing an area of inquiry, and letters of recommendation. The Department of Demography welcomes all qualified students to take the minor degree. While the Cal-ADAR program in its fullest form is designed for those who fit the NIH definition of under-represented as described we will admit others to the program as space and funds allow.

Underrepresented Populations: Demography is officially a STEM field (science, technology, engineering and math) and like many STEM fields, there are many Caucasian and Asian scholars, but few African-Americans and Latinos. Disabled persons are also underrepresented. This is a problem because those voices are not being adequately expressed such that scientific results and policy do not get appropriately framed. NIH is particularly seeking out US citizens who fit the NIH definition of under-represented, that is, "Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders and B) individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities."

Program Curriculum

Students will complete the following educational goals:

•Minor in Demography (Demog 110, Demog 126, Demog 175), which includes an upper division course in statistics (e.g., Econ 140, Pub Health 141, Soc 105)
•A professionalization workshop held in the Spring semester (Demog 198; 1 unit)
•A workshop in graduate school applications and grant proposals held in the Fall semester (Demog 198; 1 unit)
•A paid summer internship
•A mentored research project either with a faculty member, or with a graduate student in the SMART program, in the third semester.