Submitted by AT&T Inc.
WASHINGTON, DC - AT&T (NYSE: T) and Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the companies' graduate fellowship programs with a call to action for business, academic and government leaders today in Washington D.C., where they will address issues surrounding the recruitment and retention of women and minorities in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology.
The fellowship programs, the Cooperative Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) and the Graduate Research Program for Women (GRPW), are designed to help increase the number of women and minorities in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. The programs are among the oldest of their kind, and since their inception there has been an increase in the percentage of minorities and women working in these fields. In more than 30 years, approximately 275 students have completed PhDs in the combined AT&T and Lucent programs. Approximately 50 of the program graduates began their career at either AT&T Labs or Lucent's Bell Labs, and about 90 program graduates currently work as professors, deans and administrators of top universities.
Each student selected for the program spends the summer prior to his or her senior year of college working with a top researcher who acts as a mentor throughout the student's academic career. Mentors work closely with students on their projects and monitor progress on their research. "The guidance the women and minority students receive from their mentors, as well as the financial support these programs offer, enable students who may otherwise not have had the opportunity to pursue graduate level technical degrees," said Ianna. "The creativity and innovations that diversity generates are imperative for any successful global company."
Fellowship students receive funds for tuition, books, fees, educational expenses for summer study, an allowance for living expenses while at school, and support to attend approved scientific conferences. These students' fields of study reflect the focus of AT&T and Lucent's R&D work and include electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and others.
Bell Labs, as part of AT&T, started the program in the early 1970s when there were only a limited number of minority students graduating with PhDs in science and technology. The company began by identifying, encouraging, and supporting promising students to pursue studies in mathematics and engineering. As part of that effort, it launched the CRFP to recruit minority students for technical positions in Bell Labs in 1972. In 1974, AT&T launched the GRPW program to encourage women to pursue advanced degrees in science.
When AT&T spun off Lucent in 1996, the CRFP/GRPW programs continued at both companies. Originally funded by the R&D organizations - now AT&T Labs and Bell Labs - the programs today are funded by the foundations of AT&T and Lucent Technologies. AT&T Labs combined the elements of its CRFP/GRPW programs into the AT&T Labs Fellowship Program.
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