The STEM Diversity Institute (SDI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst facilitates the diversification of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce.


SDI activities serve undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.




STEM Diversity Institute Hosts NEAGEP Alliance at Symposium


For the past 15 years, UMass Amherst has led the alliance that includes MIT, Boston University, Rutgers, Penn State and the universities of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. These institutions partner with minority-serving institution members of NEAGEP: Bennett College, Lincoln University, Medgar Evers College and the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez...../read more



STEM Diversity Institute Hosts Lunch Honoring Three Women Faculty


4/30/14   On Wednesday, April 23rd, the STEM Diversity Institute hosted a “Women Celebrating Women” lunch to honor three outstanding women STEM members of

 faculty.  The honorees were Aura Ganz, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recent winner of the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, Shelly Peyton, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, recent winner the 2014 Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, and Erin Baker, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the first winner of the new annual Distinguished .../read more

Lydia Villa-Komaroff Captivates Audience at 2014 Diversity Day Talk


4/9/14   On April 4th, Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, molecular biologist and Chief Scientific Officer for Cytonome/ST in Boston, Massachusetts, delivered a vibrant yet candid talk for the STEM Diversity Institute-Five Colleges Distinguished Lecture.   She captivated her audience with stories of her life in science and how she met the dual challenges of being female and Mexican-American undertaking a career in science.   Watch the lecture here.    /read more




Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III Tours UMass Amherst Science Facilities

3/6/14 Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, chairman of Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council, toured the recently completed University of Massachusetts Amherst Life Science Laboratory and Integrated Sciences Building.  Congressman Kennedy discussed STEM diversity with Sandra Petersen, executive director of the STEM Diversity Institute and professor of veterinary and animal science at the University of Massachusetts.   He also took part in discussions concerning the University’s Integrated Concentration in Science program.      /Watch the video





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From left:  Shelly Peyton, Aura Ganz, and Erin Baker

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