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University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness in transportation: UCCONNECT is a newly established Region 9 University Transportation Center focused on enhancing economic competitiveness by reducing congestion, improving highway operations and improving freight productivity. The purpose of the UCCONECT Summer Research Program is to create a platform that links the research excellence of UCCONECT with the strengths of Cal Poly Pomona’s (CPP) engineering program and "Learn by Doing" motto. There are multiple objectives associated with the program. The summer program seeks to attract student applicants with interests in transportation research from underserved and underrepresented demographics (e.g. African-American, Latino, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders). An additional goal is to increase the number of students to choose transportation as their specialty and pursue graduate-level studies at one of the Region 9 campuses. The program also aims to prepare and train young professionals for the transition from academia to industry practice.