‘You belong’: How first-gen students have succeeded in STEM

November 8, 2021

Just over 30% of UCLA’s undergraduates are the first in their families to go to a four-year college. Attaining a degree in higher education can open new pathways to fulfilling careers and the potential for social mobility.

Today, in recognition of First-Gen Day and STEM Day, UCLA Newsroom published “‘You belong’: How first-gen students have succeeded in STEM,” an article that features two of Life Sciences’ professors, Amander Clark and Pearl Quijada, both first-gen college students, now role models and leaders in life sciences research. Read this article, to learn about the particular challenges they faced and also some helpful advice.

For current UCLA first-gen students, check out UCLA’s First To Go, a valuable resource to help students navigate their way through UCLA and build a community.