Broadening Participation in Social Inequality Research (BPSIR)

The UC Davis Center for Poverty & Inequality Research (CPIR) in collaboration with 14 California HSIs, invites current undergraduates to register for the Broadening Participation in Social Inequality Research (BPSIR) summer program, which introduces students from these institutions to inequality and social policy research sciences and helps them develop knowledge and skills for successful graduate school application, enrollment, and completion.

Program Description

We invite rising second- and third-year undergraduates from our partner institutions to register for the free, remotely delivered BPSIR Year 1 program. Year 1 students will learn about opportunities for graduate study in the social sciences by participating in interactive, remotely delivered professional development activities with CPIR faculty and graduate students as well as graduate school preparation programing delivered by the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies.

Students who participate in the Year 1 program will be eligible to apply to become members of the BPSIR Year 2 cohort in summer, 2025. The Year 2 program consists of an eight-week, residential, summer program housed on the UC Davis campus. Each Year 2 student will join a CPIR faculty member’s social inequality-focused research group and work alongside current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as research assistants. In addition to invaluable research experience and fully funded travel, lodging, and meals, Year 2 students will receive a $4,500 stipend to support their participation in BPSIR.


We seek participation from students who are currently in their first or second years of undergraduate study at one of the California HSIs listed below and who have interest in learning more about graduate education in the social sciences.

For program questions, contact BPSIR Faculty Director Dr. Jacob Hibel at

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2024

Program Dates: July 2 – August 1, 2024

Partner Institutions:
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
California State University, San Bernardino
California State University, San Marcos
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Sonoma State University