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.
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.
The SDI Diversity Day Distinguished Lecture capped the end of a day-long program of events designed to heighten awareness of the challenges facing the graduate students and faculty from underrepresented groups at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A data-driven brainstorming session led by Provost James Staros and Sandra Petersen, Professor and Executive Director of the STEM Diversity Institute engaged graduate program directors from nearly every STEM doctoral program in a discussion of minority participation in STEM doctoral programs at UMass. The discussion was facilitated by Professor Derrick Swinton, Lincoln University, Dr. Robert Lichter, Merrimack Consultants, and Dr. Patricia Campbell, Campbell-Kibler Associates, consultants who have expertise in overcoming obstacles to diversity in STEM.
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
7th Annual NEA Science Day taking place at the Universidad de Puerto Rico
2/4/14 The nine institutions of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education in the Professoriate (NEAGEP) will gather at the Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayagüez for the 7th NEA Science Day on February 13, 2014. The event was organized by Sandra Petersen, Executive Director of the STEM Diversity Institute ... read more....
Sen. Warren Discusses Key Issues with Students, Faculty During Campus Visit
1/23/14 Senator Elizabeth Warren made her first campus visit on Jan. 22, taking time to meet with administrators, faculty and students as part of her swing through western Massachusetts... Warren was also treated to a brief tour of one of the Life Science Laboratories’ state-of-the-art labs by Sandra Petersen, professor of veterinary and animal sciences [SDI Executive Director] ...read more...