The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a grant of approximately $3 million to support a joint program between CSULB and Arizona State University to prepare students to become experts in assisting disabled persons.
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) will provide up to 30 doctoral student fellowships to pursue studies and work experience in multiple fields—from developing new technologies and businesses, to public policy making—that contribute toward helping individuals with disabilities.
The program’s research projects will meld expertise in computer science and engineering, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, science education, science and public policy, psychology and industrial design. One focus is on developing technologies and activities that benefit the community at large. For example, sidewalk curb cuts and wider aisles and doorways benefit wheelchair users as well as people using strollers and other wheeled devices.