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.
Keystone Symposia Leader Discusses Diversity Initiatives for Scientists
12/09/13 The STEM Diversity Institute welcomed Dr. Laina King, director of Diversity in Life Science Programs for the prestigious Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology to campus on December 9, 2013. Dr. King explained to a multi-level audience ...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...
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 and Professor of Veterinary and Animal Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (NEAGEP lead institution) and Antonio Estévez, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayagüez.
This year’s NEA Science Day features sixty competitive poster presentations by undergraduates from a wide range of STEM fields. The keynote address at the Awards Dinner will be given by Shelly Peyton, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
More information on the 7th NEA Science Day may be found here at http://www.uprm.edu/neagep and well as in the Spanish language 2013 highlights video below:
RISE and MARC Lecture in Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras
2/4/2014 Jesús G. Alvelo-Maurosa, doctoral candidate in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will present a talk “From Soil to Biofuels: The Role of a Microbe in Renewable Energy” on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 sponsored by the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement and the Minority Assess to Research Careers program at the University. Alvelo-Maurosa is a NEAGEP Fellow and ICE IGERT NSF Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Susan B. Leshine.
Dr. Heyda Martinez, the Program Director for the NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will also meet with students to outline the benefits of the IMSD program to the seminar. The IMSD is a NIH-funded program for increasing the numbers of students from underrepresented groups undertaking doctoral degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
STEM Diversity Institute Host Research Fair for Undergraduates
11/25/2014 More than 80 undergraduate UMass Amherst science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors from underrepresented groups attended the first Research Opportunities Fair sponsored by the STEM Diversity Institute (SDI) on Nov. 6th. Attendees met representatives from the Universities of Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Boston College, Boston University, Pennsylvania State University and Corning, Inc. UMass Amherst campus representatives from the STEM Diversity Institute, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Education and the Office of Undergraduate Research also met with UMass Amherst STEM majors to discuss on-campus options.
Students learned about summer and academic year research opportunities, many of which are funded by the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health. They also heard from panels of current SDI graduate students the importance of obtaining undergraduate research to further their careers and about why they should consider pursuing Ph.D. degrees in STEM.
Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Hosts Graduate Preview Weekend at UMass
11/25/13 The NIH-funded Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program of the STEM Diversity Institute hosted a Graduate Preview Weekend on Oct. 18-19th. This event focused on the wide variety of training opportunities available in STEM Ph.D. programs at UMass Amherst. Seventeen highly talented prospective graduate students from underrepresented groups traveled from as far away as Puerto Rico and California to attend. Visiting students heard presentations by STEM graduate program directors, met with STEM faculty members and participated in discussions with current students about research. Students also toured the state-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities on campus.
STEM Diversity Institute hosts visiting faculty for summer
6/21/13 The Stem Diversity Institute is hosting four faculty members from minority serving institutions through the Visiting Partner Program...read more
Civil and Environmental Engineering student wins Fulbright to study rail transportation in Spain
05/30/2012 Congratulations to 2013 Fulbright Fellowship winner Radhameris A. Gómez, a doctoral candidate...read more....
Polymer Science Doctoral Student Wins GRFP Fellowship Award
UMASS Amherst, April 2013. The STEM Diversity Institute congratulates Daniel Acevado Cartagena, a doctoral student in the department of Polymer Science, on winning a prestigious 2013 NSF-funded Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) to study solution state assembly of building blocks for photovoltaic devices. The experimental approach involves the solution state assembly of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) into crystalline nanofibril structures by a reduction on the solubility of the polymer. His research shows that the fibers form smaller nanowires by sonication and nucleate further growth by adding aliquots of dissolved P3HT. Mr. Acevado Cartagena's work emphasizes developing a fundamental understanding of these assembly processes, and the hierarchical assembly of these building blocks into more interesting structures like electron donor-acceptor segmented nanowires. It is hypothesized that these approaches will provide thermally stable morphologies that offer both excellent charge transport and efficient charge separation, thus providing useful device structures for photovoltaics.