Outreach/ Diversity (continuation)

Here are longer descriptions of the Outreach/Diversity organizations with special attention to how to integrate them into your projects.

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1. STEM Diversity Institute w/(NEAGEP) and (SPUR) Summer Program, PREP, & IMSD

Contact Information
Sandra Peterson, Director- spetersen@vasci.umass.edu
Vanessa Hill, Director SPUR - prep@grad.umass.edu 
Heyda Martinez, Director of IMSD  hmmartin@admin.umass.edu (413) 577-1735

What can you do for SDI/NEAGEP?

  • Accept a student into the lab for summer and through the year
  • Participate in recruiting activities, including trips for minority serving institutions

What can SDI/NEAGEP do for you?

  • Offer access to underrepresented students
  • Offer a framework for professional development for those students
  • Offer a small stipend for lab and training for near peer mentor

Background Information

NEAGEP, which has completed its twelfth year as an accomplished program, is one of 26 NSF-funded Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEO) programs in the US. They are particularly interested in recruiting, supporting and mentoring students of population groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders). (Note: Hispanics are U.S. students, including Puerto Ricans, not European or Latin American.  Same for African-Americans.  It is not for Africans or even Caribbean Blacks, unless they have residency in the U.S.)

 It is through first year funding, as well as a variety of intensive mentoring programs, that the NEAGEP tripled the number of URM graduate students in the STEM disciplines.  The program leads to research or academic science, (as opposed to the health professions).

UMA is the lead university in the Alliance. Other member campuses include MIT, Boston University, Rutgers, Penn State, and the Universities of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.   (Minority-serving) Partners are Jackson State, Lincoln University, Bennett College, Medgar Evers College, and the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez.

NEAGEP also offers a Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), an REU to introduce undergraduates to STEM research and prepare them for graduate school and careers within STEM disciplines. The program provides a hands-on approach to research experiences and mentoring in a positive setting.

Other active NIH supporting programs under the SDI are the PREP and IMSD programs.

All students majoring in STEM fields are eligible for the program, but it is particularly interested in applications from students from underrepresented population groups within STEM fields. Both current undergraduates and students who have graduated within the last two years are able to apply as well.

For more information, click for http://www.umass.edu/sdi, http://www.umass.edu/imsd.html , or http://www.umass.edu/prep

See past projects done in conjunction with the NEAGEP

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Contact Information

Charlana Simmons, Program Director charlanas@cns.umass.edu (413) 5775-6420
Johanna Fitzgerald, Coordinator, jfitzgerald@eco.umass.edu

What can LSAMP do for you?

  • Offer direct support to undergraduate students through research opportunities, pre-college and college academic preparation, and graduate school support.  If you have an unrepresented minority (URM) undergraduate who would like to work in your lab, the LSAMP can provide a stipend.

What can you do for LSAMP?

  • Open your lab to a URM undergraduate for a research experience;
  • Participate in 2nd semester seminar, for example, by providing a session pertaining to “how to persist in science.”

Background Information

            This northeastern regional alliance is composed of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Northeastern University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Each partner participates in Alliance wide activities in addition to offering LSAMP-supported activities on their own campus. Currently, direct support to undergraduate students is offered in the form of research opportunities, pre-college and college academic preparation, and graduate school support. 

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Renee Fall, CAITE Project Director & CITI Project Manager
rfall@cs.umass.edu  (413) 577 4431

What can CAITE do for you?

  • Utilize its statewide network to identify partners in IT research or education or outreach projects, especially through community colleges
  • Be an opportunity for you to guest lecture
  • Allow you to connect with CAITE alliance campuses and other partners in MA
  • Assist with connecting you with campuses, organizations, and resources in MA to disseminate idea and create outreach opportunities
  • Establish one of their best practices for outreach (i.e., career days, programming contests, Artbotics, etc. as a model)
  • Serve as a mentoring model for a research project
  • Publicize REU, research, or internship opportunities through its websites and quarterly e-newsletter

What can you do for CAITE?

  • Offer to guest lecture (live or virtually) at a CAITE campus, classroom, outreach event, or retreat
  • Present/organize a professional development workshop for K12 or college educators on a variety of topics, especially curricular approaches or innovations
  • Create an IT or CS education or career-focused video for one of CAITE's websites
  • Assist the program by locating community college faculty to be involved in research or internships
  • Assist in recruiting more diverse applicants for REU or internship opportunities
  • Be interviewed for a video or newsletter article for CAITE on a topic relevant to the program’s mission

Background Information

            CAITE concentrates on women and minorities in groups that are underrepresented in the Massachusetts innovation economy. Community colleges are a special focus of CAITE because they are able to reach out to underserved populations and are capable of being a gateway to careers and further higher education.

            Institutional partners include University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Boston, Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, Middlesex Community College, Northern Essex Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, Roxbury Community College, Bridgewater State College, and Worcester State College.

CAITE is affiliated with the REU "Summer Computer Science Workout.  Contact Wendy Cooper, 413-545-2492, reu@cs.umass.edu or cooper@cs.umass.edu

CAITE evaluation data (since 2006) in terms of increased enrollment in partner community college IT programs (56%), percentage of women in CAITE 2-year and 4-year computing majors (up 60% and 19%), URM IT majors increase (88% at community colleges, 60% overall in CAITE partners.)

See past projects done in conjunction with CAITE <coming soon>

FIRST robotics Girls Connect

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4.  The C4 Project of the Green High Performance Computing Center (GHPCC)
C4 = Computing and Canals, Community and Collaboration
(Canals being the signature feature of Holyoke).

Contact Information
adrion@cs.umass.edu  (413) 577 4431

This is a collaboration of UMA, MIT, BU, Northeastern, the Five Colleges, Holyoke Public Schools, the city of Holyoke, STCC, HCC, youth agencies in Holyoke, Cisco and EMC Corporation in building GHPCC (using the canals for cooling!) wants to build the committed community and an educated workforce.)

Main priorities:

  • Outreach about careers in computing and computing applications to community organizations (such as Girls, Inc. and Boys and Girls Club, etc.)
  • Attract K12 students to computing majors, using “Commonwealth Corp” and Student Bridges.
  • Make “cloud computing” available to K12 education through Holyoke Public Schools pre-service and in-service, collaborative curricula and materials development.
  • Provide training facilities for vocational, ABE and community colleges, especially with workforce development for exiting community college programs.

(Evaluation being conducted by the Donahue Institute)

What can C4 do for you?  This will be both a venue for programs and for workers for programs. 

What can you do for C4?  The program will be working with a broad base of community service organizations.  They can use your expertise and suggestions.

Projects associated with C4:
envisions mentoring, events, public interactive displays at the venue,  venue in central Holyoke, minigrants ($2,000-5000) to design and offer events and activities; on-site training for internships, vocational, ABE, and Community College certification programs, job training.

Hampden-Hampshire Tech Prep (working on vocational school to community college articulation).
(As of 12/2010, not funded yet.  Check back in 2011.)

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5.  Diversity Programs in Engineering /Minorities and Women in Engineering Programs

Contact Information
Paula Rees
rees@ecs.umass.edu (413)-545-2030
Phaedra Davis pdavis@ecs.umass.edu

What can the Diversity Programs Office do for you?

DPO can help you recruit students, and also implement your ideas for outreach.

  • The DPO has close contacts with underrepresented minorities in engineering, from their first-year seminar through graduation;
  • Their outreach activities bring pre-selected, targeted audiences to campus, for example, 250 high school girls interested in engineering come with their counselors for a Career Day every fall, with smaller events in the spring.
  • DPO makes sure UMA is represented at national conferences for women, Black, and Hispanic engineers.
  • DPO has long-standing relationships with industrial sponsors interested in diversity issues.

What can you do for the Diversity Office?

  • Participate (with your current students) in the career days and other recruiting events--to have a table, do a demo, organize a hands-on activity for attendees.
  • Bring a woman or underrepresented student into your lab

About Diversity Programs

           These organizations have seminars, tutorials, academic success programs, and social activities to help students achieve a successful college experience and attain a rewarding professional career. Community service programs are prominent in their annual activities. They provide frequent contact with industrial partners, a mentoring program with faculty, alumni, and industry, tutoring resources, and personal and academic counseling.

Industry sponsors include Shaw, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Abbott, Chubb, and PTC.

6.  Community Engagement and Service Learning

Contact Information
John Reiff  jreiff.cesl@umass.edu   413.577.1207
Carol Soules  csoules@acad.umass.edu  413-577-2959

What can CESL do for you?

  • Faculty Resource page includes suggestions for integrating service learning into courses, tips for forming community partnerships, and links to national service learning resources.
  • Provide transportation to Holyoke for student projects based in participating schools.

What can you for CESL?

  • Find opportunities for student leadership and service through course assignments.
  • Become a Service Learning Fellow: explore how you can design or re-design your courses to use principles of best practice in service-learning.  (Each participating faculty member or faculty team  receives an award of $1,000.)

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7.  Massachusetts Academy of Science (MAS).

Contact Information
Peg Riley, Director- riley@bio.umass.edu
Jenna Farrell, Exec. Director  jenna11485@gmail.com/ jenna@massacademysciences.org
(413) 545-1915

MAS Website: http://www.massacademysciences.org/

What can MAS do for you?

  • MAS can help develop your BI, for example, for CAREER projects, and would like to cooperate on projects.
    Provide connections to other STEM advisory councils.

What can you do for MAS?

  • Become a member.
  • Participate in their (pre) K-12 visits and meetings.

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