AT&T and Lucent Bell Laboratories celebrates the 30th anniversary of their sponsorship of Ph.D. fellowship programs for under-represented minorities and women in science and engineering on October 28, 2002. Over the past 30 years, 498 students have received support and mentoring from the AT&T Labs Research Fellowship Program (ALFP), and Lucent Cooperative Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) and Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Women (GRPW).  The Ph.D. completion rate is 74%, with 86% of students completing at least a Master's degree, thus placing these programs among the premier graduate fellowship programs in the United States.

Our graduates hold top positions in industry and academia.  Some are founders of companies while others hold executive positions.  Approximately 30% of our graduates are professors, deans, and administrators at 70 universities throughout the States.  These individuals continue sharing their knowledge and commitment to developing and mentoring students for the future.  The breadth and scope of the positions held by the programs' graduates reflect the leadership roles they play across their professions.

The AT&T Labs were recognized and granted the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, and the Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network ( WEPAN ) Breakthrough Award in 1998.  The GRPW also received the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award in 1999.


AT&T Labs Research Fellowship Program

Lucent Cooperative Research Fellowship Program

Lucent Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Women



Some Attendees and Fellowship Program Leaders:

James West

James West

Co-inventor of Electroacoustic Transducer, Electret Microphone.

CRFP Committee 1972-2001
In 1962, James West and Gerhard Sessler patented the electret microphone while working at Bell Laboratories.James West, a Fellow of IEEE and recipient of the George R. Stibitz Trophy, is the recipient of over 200 U.S. and foreign patents. He is also the leader of a program aimed at minority high school students, encouraging them to experience science with the assistance of mentors at Bell Labs.