Academics

Beyond the Classroom

The College of Science and Mathematics competes for external grants to educate and prepare today's students to become tomorrow's scientists. 

Some of these opportunities are described below.

UMass Boston Comprehensive Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this unique public/private partnership between UMass Boston and the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center serves as a foundation for building UMass Boston's life sciences and identity. The Partnership supports opportunities for minority students to pursue cancer-focused graduate training in diverse fields, collaborative cancer research focused on health disparities in minority populations, and outreach to special populations to redress cancer health disparity services.
For information, or to join our email list-serve, please contact UMass Boston-DF/HCC U54 Partnership Program Coordinator Lori-Anne Ramsay.

 



Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity at UMass Boston

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this initiative enhances the
academic and research experiences of underrepresented students at the undergraduate level, in order to increase the number pursuing doctoral study in biomedical fields and attaining doctoral degrees. The project’s official title is the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity, or IMSD, at UMass Boston. A key component of this project is the university’s partnership with the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, the main goal of which is to address health disparities in minority populations and to improve research, training, and outreach opportunities for minority students. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Claudia Heske at claudia.heske@umb.edu or call at 617-287-6649 or come by the IMSD Program Office, Wheatley Hall, 3rd floor, Room 011.

 


Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Project

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Project is a collaboration among partner institutions to address three interrelated problems: (1) the number of underrepresented students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; (2) the number of underrepresented students who graduate in STEM fields; and (3) the lack of alignment between courses and programs offered by community colleges and the four-year institutions to which a majority of the students graduate. Partner institutions are UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Bunker Hill, and Roxbury, Bristol, and Middlesex Community Colleges. To learn more, contact the College of Science and Mathematics Student Success Center at (617) 287-3974.

Bridges to the Baccalaureate

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the project Bridges to the Baccalaureate supports a new enrichment and training collaborative to increase the number of minority students, who are underrepresented in the biomedical science research enterprise, to successfully transfer to UMass Boston and other baccalaureate institutions with biomedical-related degree programs. Institutional participants are Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, and UMass Boston. To learn more, contact the College of Science and Mathematics Student Success Center at (617) 287-3974.

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The mission of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds especially from underrepresented academic groups (Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans/Alaska Natives/Pacific Islanders) to excel at the undergraduate level in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM), progress toward doctoral degrees, and undertake careers in college and university teaching. 

Research is an important part of the program with McNair students pursuing a year of independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  This mentor is usually a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston, but may also be from a hospital research laboratory or from another research institution.   This research experience culminates with each participant giving an oral or poster presentation at a Scientific Conference, and also to the Scientific Community at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

Students also may submit their research findings to journals within the participant’s discipline for publication.  Students enrolled in the McNair Program form peer support groups, tutelage academic and career counseling, and take part in a variety of cultural, educational and social activities.To learn more, contact the McNair Program directly at Mcnair@umb.edu or 617-287-5780 or visit https://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/student_success_center/beyond_the_classroom/mcnair.