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

Contact Information

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Edgar is a Ph.D. student in the Urban Education Policy program at the USC Rossier School of Education and a Research Assistant at the Pullias Center for Higher Education.

He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a 2012 Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipient. He obtained two Bachelor's degrees and completed a minor in Education at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). He then completed his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, he worked as a Site Coordinator for Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) and as the Program Coordinator for the College Assistance Migrant Program at St. Edward's University.

His research interests include (1) college access and equity, (2) first-generation college students and Latina/o/x issues in higher education, and (3) faculty-student mentoring relationships. Edgar has dedicated his entire educational career to mentoring students. Feel free to contact Edgar by email at Eflopez@usc.edu for any questions.



2021 – 2022      USC Rossier Internal Research Grant. 

2021                    USC Rossier Dean’s Research Grant. 

2020 – 2021      USC Rossier Internal Research Grant.