Edgar Fidel Lopez

  • 2019


Gates Millennium Scholar

Research Concentration

  • Higher Education

Research Interest

College Access & Equity, First-Generation College Students & Latina/o/x Issues in Higher Education, Faculty-Student Mentoring Relationships, Campus Climate & Imposter Syndrome
Edgar Fidel Lopez

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Edgar Lopez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Urban Education Policy program at the USC Rossier School of Education and a Research Assistant at the Pullias Center for Higher Education. Previously, he spent years working in student affairs practitioner roles and coordinated several mentoring programs (e.g., Project MALES, College Assistance Migrant Program, etc.) to increase student retention and success outcomes, especially for racially minoritized students. He is a first-generation college/graduate student and a 2012 Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipient. His recent study explores the narratives of Latina/o/x PhD students' faculty-student mentoring relationships and doctoral socialization experiences in order to develop ways to improve institutional retention efforts toward degree completion. Other research experiences include supporting (1) college/graduate school access and equity, (2) formerly incarcerated and justice-impacted populations, (3) men of color mentoring programs, and (4) student-parents in higher education. Edgar has dedicated his entire educational career to mentoring students. Feel free to contact Edgar by email at Eflopez@usc.edu for any questions.


2022 – 2023      USC Rossier Internal Research Grant.

2022                    USC Rossier Dean’s Research Grant.

2021 – 2022      USC Rossier Internal Research Grant. 

2021                    USC Rossier Dean’s Research Grant. 

2020 – 2021      USC Rossier Internal Research Grant.