In July, the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) hosted three summer programs promoting youth STEM participation:
- The UMass Turing Summer Program, a four-week program for local high school students run by Dean Prashant Shenoy, professor and associate dean, and Deepak Ganesan, also a CICS professor.
- The Massenberg STEM Institute, a one-week STEM experience focused on uplifting talented rising 10th graders of color and economic disadvantage.
- A pre-college course taught by graduate student Alyx Burns as part of UMass Summer Programs: “Circuits, Robotics and Arduino.”
CICS faculty also participated in the Girls Inc. “Eureka! at UMass” program hosted by the College of Natural Sciences, which motivates girls to pursue post-secondary education and careers in STEM fields.
“We are so glad to host these fantastic summer programs,” said Laura Haas, dean of the college. “At CICS, we’re proud to support youth STEM efforts—particularly those that inspire women and people from historically marginalized communities. I hope to see some of the campers back on campus in the coming years as undergraduates. But wherever their future plans bring them, I hope they will remember their time here as one that sparked their interest in science and computing.”