The Big Bang Theory is about fictional scientists, but now the show is funding a scholarship for real-life science students.
The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment has already raised $4 million to support undergraduate students at UCLA who are studying the sciences. Starting in the fall, 20 Big Bang Theory grants will be awarded to UCLA science students who have gotten in on academic merit but need extra support to supplement their financial aid, according to a UCLA statement. Every year, five more students will be added.
Chuck Lorre, The Big Bang Theory co-creator and executive producer, is mostly funding the endowment, with help from show co-stars like Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Mayim Bialik and Johnny Galecki, and with contributions from Warner Bros. and CBS, the Los Angeles Timesreports. This is the first UCLA scholarship from the cast and crew of a TV series.
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“While the actual process of student retention seems to be different from that of employee retention, the principles are the same. People need to feel that they are contributing and that they are capable of attaining their personal goals. If they don’t, they will be unsatisfied and want to change their approach to life, work, and education. In the workplace, having well-trained supervisors is brought up over and over. This provides your employees with a support system. In schools, the parallel is the faculty and academic advisors. These individuals must create a warm, validating atmosphere for students. Another repeated piece of advice for businesses is that they need to provide a path for employees to achieve their goals. This doesn’t necessarily mean salary increases; rather, it may indicate moving to positions where they can use their skills more effectively. In schools, advisors must help students clarify their goals, because many students enter college without them. Once desires for the future are solidified, advisors can help students see how their education creates a pathway to achieve those desires. Finally, something echoed in both spheres is that businesses and schools must respect their employees and students as people with lives outside of work and school. This includes understanding when they cannot work extra hours, being reasonable with homework assignments, and generally being flexible and offering empathy when situations arise. In the end, employees and students are seeking places they will be respected and allowed to grow. When they feel this validation, they will be encouraged to stay.”
I asked Wonderlib.com this question: How is cognitive behavioral therapy like teaching/learning?