CSUSM to Host Inaugural Victor Rocha Lecture Series: UC Santa Cruz Expert to Speak on Understanding Student Academic Performance


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

Media are invited to attend the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) College of Arts and Sciences inaugural Victor Rocha Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at The McMahan House from 3 to 5 p.m.  Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost at UC Santa Cruz Dr Martin Chemers will be the featured speaker.

Dr. Chemers is an active researcher in the areas of leadership, culture and organizational diversity.  His current research is focused on psychological factors that affect commitment and success of underrepresented minority students in science. 

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on programs to broaden participation in scientific research by underrepresented minority students. However, relatively little scientific research has been done to understand the underlying dynamics that affect student outcomes in research support programs. In his presentation, Dr. Chemers will report the results of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored research program that employed the theory and method of behavioral science research and has generated clear findings that can increase the success of interventions that seek to support minority students in research careers.

This event is not open to the public.  Media should RSVP to Margaret Lutz at 760-750-4011. 

About the Victor Rocha Lecture Series
Dr. Victor Rocha is the founding dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). When he left the dean's office in 2000, an endowment for a lecture series was created through the Bree Tinney Auction, conducted annually in December.  Dr. Victor Rocha is currently is the director of the Office for Biomedical Research and Training at CSUSM. 

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.