Graduate Studies

Gustavo Martir Luna selected Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Fellow

Gustavo Martir Luna standing on Chico State campus

Chico State alum Gustavo Martir Luna (MA in Psychology – Psychological Science, spring 2020) was selected recipient of the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program. Faculty Mentors Dr. Neil Schwartz and Dr. Marie Lippmann, will provide support and mentoring throughout his doctoral program at UCLA.

The focus of Martir's research is cognitive psychology and Moral Foundations Theory, particularly the cognitive processes used to process a persuasive political message.

Martir was also a recipient of the Chancellor's Pre-doctoral Scholars Program in which he completed a summer research internship at UCLA before beginning his PhD program there in fall 2021.

(See also a profile of Martir in the Winter 2020-2021 Graduate Studies Newsletter.)

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 October 2020, over 2,000 doctoral students participated in this program with over 1,300 participants successfully earning their doctoral degrees; over eight hundred of these students have gone on to obtain employment in a California State University instructional faculty position.