Broader Impacts/ DIVERSITY Resources

To the researcher:
As you approach the "broader impacts" sections of your proposals, these pages should help start you on the path toward finding ongoing activities based on campus at UMass Amherst which can enhance the reach and sustainability of your outreach projects.  You will also find links to some sample language others have used for their successful proposals. (Direct links to off-campus community groups allied with UMass are found on another page.)

Another important resource is us--the Office of Research Development.  I have realized that there is no way I can keep these listings up-to-date.  That's a testament to all the many UMass Amherst public engagement programs that are constantly expanding or refreshing. I do try to keep up-to-date with WHO knows what the various programs are, and try to be the liaison for you.  Once we discuss the particulars of your project and what is unique about it, I'm in a better position to look at the resources from many sources and point you toward ones that will feel like a good fit for you and can integrate well with your research.  Please let me know about--and be sure to register--any activities that you know about with, and share any comments and new suggestions with me, the Academic Liaison in the Office of Research Development (

TOC: Contacts with major minority-servicing institutions | Contacts with local community colleges and K-12 programs | Student outreach organizations | UMA offices oriented toward women and girls in science.

Contacts with minority serving institutions and/or students:

1.The STEM Diversity Institute, which includes the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) and allied programs, such as (SPUR) Summer Program, PREP, and IMSD.

NEAGEP is an NSF program that creates a structured pipeline and mentoring program for the transition from undergraduate to graduate STEM education. It provides first and fifth year funding for participants in the program, and extra mentoring and community building for admitted students. Since its inception in 1999, NEAGEP has tripled the number of underrepresented population groups receiving doctoral degrees at UMA and entering the professoriate in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NEAGEP has established recruiting links, offers a Summer REU Program (SPUR) and is allied with two NIH-supported bridge programs between undergraduate and graduate (PREP, Post Baccalaureate Education Program, and ISMD, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development).  

NEAGEP is up for renewal in 2012-2013.  In the transition, the STEM Diversity Institute (under the Provost's Office) is continuing the program and its coordination with SPUR, PREP, IMSD, and other campus diversity programs.  Contact information remains the same.

Contact Information
Sandra Peterson, Director-
Heyda Martinez, Coordinator and Contact (413) 577-4178

NEAGEP Website: (overall)  (UMass)

Here are links for PREP and SPUR, which have independent websites.

For a fuller description:

See past outreach projects done in conjunction with the NEAGEP

2. The Northeastern Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

            Funded by the NSF, this program supports undergraduate students from underrepresented populations in STEM disciplines. The primary goal of this alliance is to double the enrollment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented minority STEM students beyond that possible through the initiative of any single institution, over a period of five years.

Contact Information

Charlana Simmons, Program Director ,(413) 5775-6420

LSAMP Website:

For a fuller description:

3. Diversity Programs in Engineering

            The College of Engineering has one of the oldest diversity programs in the U.S. serving current engineering students of (US) African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Cape Verdean descent. It also has a successful 25-year track record of providing outreach and recruitment in high schools.  Under its umbrella are MEP (The Multicultural Engineering Program), WEP (Women in Engineering Program), NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), and SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), and SWE (Society of Women Engineers).

Contact Information
Paula Rees, Director
128 Marston Hall; 413-545-2030
Mathilda Tuuli <>

Diversity Website:

For a fuller description,

4.  Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
     Outreach and Education programs [note: 2014, funding in flux]

The MRSEC is one of the oldest industry and NSF funded science and engineering centers on campus and in the country.  It has several well-developed outreach and engagement programs for undergraduates, K-12, and the general public. 

Contact Information
Todd Emrick, Director
Ryan Hayward, Assoc. Director for Outreach and Education 
Jennifer (A.) Green  (413) 577-1130

MRSEC website (with descriptions of several programs)


Contacts with local community colleges and

K-12 programs

1. Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE)

CAITE works primarily with community colleges to design and carry out programs that address underrepresentation in information technology (IT) education and the workforce. The project includes work with high school teachers, staff, and counselors and many others. There are 15 public higher education institutions in the Alliance, which works mostly in Massachusetts.

Contact Information
Rich Adrion, CAITE Director/PI & CITI Co-Director (413) 545 2475
Renee Fall, CAITE Project Director & CITI Project Manager  (413) 577 4431

CAITE Website:  (Continually updated with activities, articles, and links.)  

For a fuller description:

See past outreach projects done in conjunction with the CAITE (coming soon)

1b.  C4, Major outreach of the Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke (GHPC)(opening in 2011)
More information on continuation page.

2.  Massachusetts Academy of Science (MAS).

The MAS was founded to promote public understanding and appreciation of the sciences with various activities all over the commonwealth.  Watch for annual meetings in the spring. (Year 1 2009, in the ISB on campus; Year 2, 2010 at the Museum of Science in Boston).  Activities support scientific research and education in areas relevant to the needs of the state, and provide advisory services on matters of science to the Governor, and local, state, and federal agencies.  In 2011, they are working on a network like National Lab to bring university researchers into K-12 projects. 

MAS has already worked with several CAREER projects, and would like to expand the number of projects it cooperates on.  (They also would like you to become a member, especially if a project you do with them gets funded.)

Contact Information
Peg Riley, Director-
Jenna Farrell (413) 545-1915

MAS Website:

For a fuller description:

See past outreach projects done in conjunction with the MAS <in development>

3.  Pioneer Valley STEMNET (and UMA STEM Education Institute)

The STEM Institute has many facets, not all described in one place.  Its leader, Mort Sternheim (physics, emeritus) has been helping people with outreach projects for many years. (He may ask you to do a Tuesday seminar on your topic (here in Hasbrouck), and some people have included that, too, in their education and dissemination plans.)

Contact Information
Mort Sternheim, Director- (413) 545-1908

Website:  (newest newsletter--April 2011--outlines its reorganization and revitalization and describes several programs, including the Baystate-Springfield Educational Partnership, well-established math and science summer camps for h.s. girls at Smith and Mt. Holyoke, Franklin County STEM job training program, HCC certificates, GCC Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency program, STEM Rays, STEM after school programs, and others).

Also,  (for a description of several activities supported by NSF)

See past outreach projects done in conjunction with the PV STEMNET (UMA STEM Institute) <under construction>

4.  UMass Extension (especially for CNS activities)

Now the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, including focus on Agriculture and Green Industries, Environment, Nutrition Education, and 4-H Development.

Contact Information
Director (Interim) Pat Vittum 413. 545-4800


5.  Community Engagement and Service Learning Office (CESL)

The CESL office connects faculty and students campus-wide with community service learning opportunities. (CESL has merged the former OCSL and CEP, (Community Engagement Project) of the Honors College and offers programs from within and without the Honors College.) It works closely with similar units in the Five Colleges, which are also quite strong and well-established.

Contact Information
Director: John Reiff   413.577.1207
Associate Director:  Carol Soules


For more complete information

6.  Community Engaged Research

CERP is designed to identify and match undergraduate honors students with community- based research opportunities and to prepare them for graduate studies, as well as research careers in universities, research and policy-making organizations, the health care industry, and government agencies.

Contact Information

Director: Elena Carbone 


Student Outreach Organizations (RSOs)

Many student groups have projects and ties to local communities that may be helpful to you in designing your projects.  Working with the groups, themselves, may be a way to achieve your broader impact.  In the listings below, we have organized the groups that are service oriented, science related, and diversity communities.  Some are all three.  

1.  Service groups (such as Best Buddies, Student Bridges, and Habitat for Humanity, etc.).

2.  Science related groups (BRAIN --for neuroscience, Chemistry Club, Engineers without Borders, etc.)

3.  Diversity affiliations (Black Student Union, Cape Verdean Student Alliance, Muslim Students Association, etc.) 

A full list of registered student organizations and information about how to start a new one can be found here on the UMA Student Affairs Center for Student Development website. 

Activities oriented toward women & girls in science

1.  The Women in Engineering Program (WEP)

            WEP fosters participation of professional women as program advisors and role models. In doing so, it provides outreach, recruitment, undergraduate support, and professional development to more than 135 undergraduate women engineers. The program was established in 1983.

Contact Information
Paula Rees, Mathilde Tuuli 

WEP Website

For fuller description:

2.  UMass Amherst Partnership with 

The AWIS-Amherst coalition was formed in conjunction with the STEM Diversity Institute to enhance communication between the various women-in-science initiatives across the campus, make their activities more visible to the campus and other stakeholders in the region, and link their efforts to national initiatives.  It includes 13 member organizations and subgroups on campus and in the Five Colleges.


Contact Information
Coordinator: Barbara Pearson 545-5023