The UMass CBI community prides itself on being a highly interactive and inclusive group that fosters excellent CBI training and research.
- The benefits of CBI training are available to all UMass graduate students who choose to pursue the CBI curriculum.
- Through a combination of NIH funding and matching funds provided by UMass, CBI Traineeships are available to both US and international students, on a competitive basis.
- Fully 100% of CBI labs are involved in training undergraduate and/or graduate students from under-represented groups, and many CBI program members and alumni are from traditionally underrepresented groups on the basis of ethnicity, disability and/or economic disadvantage. This commitment to training individuals from underrepresented groups promotes diversity in the workforce and encourages an inclusive environment that is comfortable and conducive for the training experience.
- The CBI Program has historically demonstrated a strong commitment to support students who are traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields. In fact, about half of the underrepresented students affiliated with the CBI Program in the past five years have received funding.
- With a number of programs designed to foster success, UMass is a destination of choice for students from under-represented groups to pursue graduate education in STEM disciplines:
- Disability Services is committed to full access for all persons at UMass Amherst, and promotes the empowerment of people with disabilities and their full integration into campus life and the community.
- PREP funds one-year post-baccalaureate internships to bridge to graduate school.
- NEAGEP and IMSD provide mentoring and graduate fellowships.
- STEM Diversity Institute (SDI) oversees these and other programs promoting success for a variety of under-represented groups at all levels, undergraduate through faculty.