Graduate Studies

Michael Huston Selected for Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

Michael Huston stands, with arms folded, in front of wild cat sculpture.

CSU, Chico student Michael Huston was selected as a 2017-2018 Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) recipient.

Huston attended CSU Chico as a graduate student in the Political Science program after receiving his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2015. He will be attending a dual doctoral program in Political Science and Social Data Analytics at Pennsylvania State University where he intends to focus on American politics and political behavior. His research interests include education reform policy, national drug policy and the DEA, the use of social media in elections, and the growth of partisanship in American politics, with his thesis focusing on the differences and similarities between millennials and generation X. While at CSU Chico, Huston was a teaching assistant for Introduction to American Government, served as Vice President for the Council of Graduate Studies, and coordinated efforts for various propositions in the 2016 elections. His faculty mentor was Dr. Lori Weber, the Masters of Public Administration program’s graduate coordinator.

Huston notes that he “learned about [CDIP] my first year, and decided to balance out the actions of a future PhD student by emulating the aspects required of faculty in tenure track paths: research, service to the institution and service to the community, and teaching.” His short term goals are to complete his PhD program at Pennsylvania State and then teach for some time at a university with a large survey research center or similar program. His long term goals are, as he says, “admittedly ambitious: to become the Director of the Census.”

Established in 1987, the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program offers loans and mentorships by CSU faculty in an effort to increase the number of doctoral students applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions. These loans may be offered per year over a five year period, and are repayable over a fifteen-year period beginning one year after the completion or withdrawal from full-time doctoral studies. The loans are also forgivable at the rate of twenty percent for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching employment within the CSU system or at the rate of ten percent for each year of part-time postdoctoral teaching employment within the CSU system. As of June 2015, over 2,000 doctoral students participated in this program with over 1,200 participants successfully earning their doctoral degrees; over seven hundred of these students have went on to obtain employment in a California State University instructional faculty position.