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The Stem Diversity Institute (SDI) facilitates diversification of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. The Institute oversees a comprehensive program of recruitment, retention and advancement activities focused on groups underrepresented in STEM. SDI activities serve undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in all STEM departments at UMass Amherst, and disseminates best practices nationwide.

STEM Diversity Institute Hosts NEAGEP Alliance at Symposium

NEAGEP members posing for group photo on interior step at LSL building

The STEM Diversity Institute at UMass Amherst was the host institution for an all-day symposium held on Friday, May 30th for members of the Northeastern Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate.  For the past 15 years, UMass Amherst has lead the Alliance that also 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.

STEM Diversity Institute Hosts Lunch Honoring Three Women Faculty

3 person group photo sitting at table -- from left Shelly Peyton, Aura Ganz, and right Erin Baker

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 Graduate Mentor Award.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff Captivates Audience at 2014 Diversity Day Talk

Portrait style headshot of Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Chief Scientific Officer for Cytonome/ST

On April 4th, Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, molecular biologist and Chief Scientific Officer for Cytonome/ST in Boston, Massachusetts, delivered a vibrant yet candid 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.