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PhD Scholarship: Be a part of creating the future of the information
professions - apply to become a La SCALA doctoral scholar. 

University of Arizona: School of Information Resources and Library Science

La SCALA: Latino Scholars Cambio Leadership Academy

The School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) at the
University of Arizona is recruiting Hispanic and Latino students to join its
doctoral program, La SCALA: Latino Scholars Cambio Leadership Academy, an
Institute for Museum and Library Science (IMLS) federally-funded program
that provides financial support to students of Hispanic and Latino heritage
who wish to pursue advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM). Recipients of La SCALA funding are referred to as "La
SCALA students." 

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program of the (IMLS) provides funding
for La SCALA students. La SCALA operates on the premise that individuals of
Hispanic and Latino backgrounds enjoy unique cultural experiences that
contribute to improving LIS education, while also helping to close the
educational gap between their underrepresented population in STEM fields and
their peers in similar fields. A particular focus of the program is to
assist students to identify how their research can be conducted in the
context of STEM, with the ultimate goal of placing these students in faculty
positions throughout the country. The program emphasizes the role of
academic identity and cultural competence in the intellectual and
professional development of doctoral students, while challenging
participants to step beyond their cultural, social and intellectual comfort

La SCALA students will be paired with a senior faculty member as the
student's intellectual mentor for the duration of the program, as well as
providing a cultural mentor and a group of peer mentors at the school.
Besides courses and research activity, La SCALA students will acquire the
intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary in their field of study
through a rigorous academic and research program.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics areas include but are not
limited to:
1) Biodiversity informatics;
2) STEM communication, with an emphasis in science data and communication;
3) Electronic publishing, with an emphasis on e-journals as media for
scholarly communication;
4) Knowledge management, with an emphasis on producing a
5) Information ethics, with an emphasis on social justice;
6) Cognitive and affective computing, with an emphasis on decision support

The selected students will spend three years in active learning and
research, and at least one year of teaching and work experiences. Funding
may be provided for students who need a fourth year to complete the program.
At the University of Arizona, students will have opportunities to work with
researchers at iPlant Collaborative, the School of Geography and
Development, the School of Information Science, Technology and Arts (SISTA),
and/or many field stations such as Biosphere II and the National Optical
Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), depending on the student's academic interests.
La SCALA students also may participate in national research projects with
SIRLS faculty, including the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the
Encyclopedia of Life.

La SCALA students will receive tuition and fee waivers, stipends, health
insurance, a laptop computer, and funding to attend one professional
conference per year beginning in the second year in the program. La SCALA
students will spend one semester of residence with a parallel cohort of
students at the University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences. A
cohort of University of Tennessee students will likewise spend a semester at
the University of Arizona.

La SCALA Selection Criteria 

*	US Citizenship
*	Hispanic or Latino background
*	Undergraduate/Graduate studies in STEM-related areas

University of Arizona Requirements

*	Qualifying GRE scores are normally a minimum of the 80th percentile
*	Undergraduate/graduate GPA of 3.0 or above
*	Additional Ph.D. admission requirements as listed on the SIRLS
website at the following link:

Students submit applications through the University Graduate College. The
SIRLS Doctoral Committee makes recommendations for admissions to the
Graduate College, which determines final admission to the PhD program. Only
accepted students can be considered for La SCALA funding. For more
information, please refer to the Graduate College application procedures
webpage at

Please visit the SIRLS website at