Nilanjana Dasgupta, 2015 PEP Fellow, was recently named a 2021-22 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awardee. The Conti Fellowship acknowledges the high quality and importance of a faculty member’s accomplishments in research and creative activity at UMass Amherst and their potential for continuing excellence, particularly with respect to the project that they propose to undertake during the fellowship. Nilanjana’s research focuses on evidence-based scientifically tested solutions to overcome biases in ways that allow underrepresented students thrive in academic and career trajectories in science, technology, and engineering. This Conti Fellowship will enable Dasgupta to write a research-informed book explaining why progress toward institutional diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has been limited, despite a cottage industry of trainings, by synthesizing and translating research from psychology, sociology, organizational behavior and management science for a broad audience. Her pathbreaking research was highly praised in her references, “Quite frankly, she is a trailblazing scientist who is conducting impeccable research that aims to reduce gender and other forms of social inequity in academia and the workplace.” Read more at UMass News Release.