Jane Margolis: Gates Foundation Grant Will Advance Research on Educational Inclusion in Computer Science

A three-year award of $1.5 million will help Jane Margolis and Jean Ryoo, researchers at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, discover which teaching practices and social supports are most effective in engaging high school students from underrepresented groups in computer science education.

Extending the research scope of a recent National Science Foundation grant, the Gates Foundation’s funding will enable scholars to focus on the experiences of students of color, young women and English-language learners from underserved schools in urban and rural settings. By including students’ perspectives, the researchers hope to inform policies and programs that will help all students succeed in classes and, eventually, in computer science careers.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s support for computer science education through UCLA aligns with its broader goals to improve the U.S. education system and international health and well-being. Its recent grants to UCLA are part of the $4.2 billion UCLA Centennial Campaign, which is scheduled to conclude in December 2019 during UCLA’s 100th anniversary year.

From UCLA Newsroom