iSTEP Partners & Faculty
Partners on Campus
The College of Natural Sciences
The College of Natural Sciences excels in interdisciplinary research in the life, environmental, computational, and physical sciences that touches lives—reducing energy costs, transforming medicine and health care, sustaining our natural resources, creating new materials, and improving the food we eat and the world we live in. The college’s 400 faculty members, who work across thirteen departments and two schools, are awarded half of the total academic research grants on campus, and are routinely listed among the world’s leading scientific minds in Thomson Reuters surveys. CNS faculty are equally dedicated to effective teaching and committed to mentoring its 7,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. From innovations in knowledge and education, the development of new materials, systems, and tools, to partnering with the community, CNS engages in scientific discoveries and education that make a difference.
The College of Engineering
The College of Engineering offers a breadth of academic and experiential offerings. From hands-on design projects and undergrad research; to study abroad in such places as Australia, France, and Hong Kong; to innovation competitions; and tuition-free co-op opportunities — they strive to prepare students to lead, innovate, and succeed. Within six months of commencement, more than 80 percent of engineering grads find engineering jobs or enter grad school. The mission in the College of Engineering is to provide an engineering education that produces diverse, globally aware and technically strong engineering leaders, to conduct innovative research by faculty and students that serves the economic needs of the Commonwealth, the Nation and beyond, and contributes to improving societal needs.
Director of iSTEP, Lecturer of STEM-German
Sara E. Jackson
Associate Professor of German Studies, Founding Director of iSTEP
UMass International Programs Office
iSTEP works closely with the Umass International Programs Office to coordinate study, research, and insternship opportunities abroad.