The "Lamat" Program, headed by Astrophysicist Professor Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, will be one of the programs that will benefit from the recent $1 million gift from UCSC alumna Julie Packard.

Lamat (Mayan for "star") is a bridge program that brings star students from California community colleges to UCSC. Students get the opportunity to work with UCSC faculty and graduate students on computational astrophysics projects, learning a broad array of scientific skills. Additional funding will allow the program to serve more students and, for those who transfer to UCSC, will provide additional support spanning their time at UCSC.

Read more about this gift to UCSC and the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences at:
http://news.ucsc.edu/2014/04/julie-packard-gift.html