IDS has been awarded a large grant of $499,972 from the Sloan Foundation to expand and diversify pathways from undergraduate to graduate degrees in computer science and engineering through a partnership between UMass Amherst and UMass Boston.
Mission & Community
The Sloan Student Fellows Program is a research mentoring program welcoming Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous (BHI) undergraduate students. These students have been historically marginalized in technology and engineering. All BHI undergraduate students are involved in mentored research experience. Through this program, you will learn about graduate school options and gain leadership skills.
Goals & Take-aways
Students develop leadership skills to thrive in college and launch their post-graduation paths. These include:
- Hands-on research experience
- One-on-one mentoring relationship with faculty and a unique opportunity to learn about graduate school opportunities
- How to apply to research internships and graduate school
- Career advice on what to do after graduation
- Networking opportunities
- Negotiation skills (i.e., the capacity to create value and manage conflicts by addressing all parties’ interests)
- Personal narrative development to guide others to appreciate your value
Below is a list of the 2024-2025 Sloan Faculty Fellows. You will have the opportunity to do exciting hands-on research with one of these individuals and also receive guidance and mentorship from them. To learn more about each faculty member's research, check out the Faculty Brochure.
Undergraduate students from BHI groups who:
- Have declared (or intend to declare) majors in Computer Science (CS) and/or Engineering
- Are currently enrolled at UMass Boston or UMass Amherst
- Have completed two semesters of college with two semesters remaining; relevant experience will also be considered on a case-by-case basis
You will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the year during which you’re a Sloan Student Fellow.
(1) Take part in small mentoring groups with two faculty members in CS or Engineering and learn about post-graduation career options.
(2) Commit to a mentored research experience in a faculty member’s lab for 9-12 hours/week for two semesters.
(3) Participate in a three-week summer professional development program called the Leadership Academy, a live online program with a cohort of fellow students in tech and engineering, consisting of daily (Monday - Friday) four-hour afternoon sessions per week. The dates are June 10 - June 28, 2024. Expect a total time commitment of approximately 25 hours per week. The program is free for students and stipends are available to help cover costs associated with participating (lost wages, internet access, computer equipment, etc.).