The Pacific Alliance for Low-income Inclusion in Statistics and Data Science

Established in 2022, the Pacific Alliance for Low-income Inclusion in Statistics and Data Science (PALiISaDS) aims to increase STEM degree completion of low-income, high-achieving undergraduates. The alliance is composed of seven public universities located along the western coast of the United States. Funded by the National Science Foundation, PALiISaDS offers a cohort-based bridge program for statistics and/or data science (SDS) majors through their last two years of undergraduate study and first year of graduate school. Scholars receive need-based scholarships of up to $10,000 per year, academic and career support, and are introduced to a number of relevant topics and SDS professionals through monthly events. The support provided by PALiISaDS helps to bridge undergraduate and graduate programs in statistics and data science and includes an array of community-building activities, faculty and graduate student mentoring, help with grad school applications, and much more.

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Alliance Institutions

University of Washington

PALiISaDS@UW is hosted in the Department of Statistics, under site director Abel Rodriguez. Two undergraduate programs and five graduate programs are involved in this initiative:

You can learn more about PALiISaDS@UW here!

The University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) will conduct research about how the PALiISaDS program supports students on their educational and professional pathways in statistics and data science, particularly concerning community assets and supports students bring into their programs and access during their studies. The research is led by Dr. Erin Carll at UW. CERSE focuses on conducting high quality research and program evaluation to improve equity and broaden representation in STEM fields, with special attention to higher education. 

University of California, Santa Barbara

PALiISaDS@UCSB is hosted in the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, under site director Mike Ludkovski. The following programs are involved in the initiative:

University of California, Irvine

PALiISaDS@UCI is hosted in the Department of Statistics, under site director Dan Gillen. The following programs are involved in the initiative:

California State University, Monterey Bay

PALiISaDS@CSUMB is hosted in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, under site director Judith Canner. The following programs are involved in the initiative:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 

PALiISaDS@Cal Poly is hosted in the Statistics Department, under site director Andrew Schaffner. The following programs are involved in the initiative:

California State University, East Bay

PALiISaDS@CSU East Bay is hosted in the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, under site director Ayona Chatterjee. The following programs are involved in the initiative:

San Diego State University

PALiISaDS@SDSU is hosted in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, under site director Kyle Hasenstab. The following programs are involved in the initiative: