The Big Bang Theory has spent eight seasons making science fun and accessible to a wide audience. Now the show is working to make an education in science accessible to students who might not be able to afford it.
The Big Bang Theory and the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation have teamed up to create The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment at UCLA, aimed at helping financially disadvantaged undergrads who are looking to major in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. UCLA announced the news on Thursday.
Twenty students will be selected to receive financial aid from the Big Bang Theory scholarship for the upcoming academic year. The plan is for five additional students to be selected every year in perpetuity.
According to Warner Bros. TV, a partner in the endeavor and studio behind Big Bang, the scholarship fund has raised over $4 million, which includes the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation’s original donation and additional donations from cast members, producers, crew members and network partners.
Aside from the thematic connection between the show and the fields of scientific study, The Big Bang Theory has deeper roots to UCLA itself. The show's head science consultant Dr. David Saltzberg is a professor at the university, and it's where series star Mayim Bialik earned her Ph.D in neuroscience.
However, it does feel a little like Caltech, the university that many of The Big Bang Theory's characters work at, was snubbed.
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