Washington University in St. Louis supports academic pipeline programs to encourage diversity in higher education and research.

The Washington University Diversity Programs Consortium – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WUDPC-STEM) Focus exists to strengthen the university’s pipeline efforts to recruit, retain and support individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in science and research related fields.

Our goal is to increase diversity in these fields. In addition, we aim to encourage diversity within the STEM professoriate at Washington University and elsewhere. We will do this by facilitating sustained collaborations between STEM departments and programs at Washington University that focus on building diversity and by enhancing awareness of those diversity efforts, resources and opportunities to the individuals and communities we serve.

WUDPC-STEM Focus Goals

  • Recruit and retain a diverse community of faculty, staff and students
  • Identify feeder programs and partnership opportunities
  • Share data appropriate to the goals of the group
  • Share success stories and explain barriers
  • Understand the mission of each program to assist in achieving its goals
  • Provide a support network for diversity program coordinators and directors
  • Advertise upcoming events, projects and initiatives

Achieving Our Goals

We work toward the WUDPC-STEM Focus goals by facilitating sustained collaborations between STEM departments and programs at Washington University that focus on building diversity, as well as by enhancing awareness of those diversity efforts, resources and opportunities to the individuals and communities we serve.

For More Information

To learn more about WUDPC-STEM Focus, please contact Rochelle Smith by email or at 314-362-7963.

WUDPC-STEM Focus Diversity Outreach Partners

Here is a list of our partners, who coordinate diversity initiatives and outreach programs in STEM.

K-12

Becki Baker, director  of Pre-College Programs for High School Summer Institutes and Special Programs, including the Pre-Engineering Institute and the Pre-Medical Institutes.

Victoria L. May, PhD, assistant dean in College of Arts & Sciences, director, and Paula Smith, office and program coordinator for the Institute for School Partnership

The Institute for School Partnership is Washington University’s signature effort to improve teaching and learning strategically within the K-12 education community. The institute is interdisciplinary and committed to advancing all K-12 activities across the university, with the overall goal of enhanced student development and success. Visit the Institute for School Partnership website or the Washington Magazine website to learn more.

The Each One Teach One (EOTO) program, sponsored by the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, provides tutors to local students.

Executive Board, for the Young Scientist Program.

Ebony Page, coordinator-diversity, summer programs & community outreach, the Junior Scientist Institute offered by the Division of Biology & Biological Sciences (DBBS).

Cherilynn Shadding, PhD, director of the outreach program in The Genome Institute at Washington University

Lisa Hammonds Stevenson, assistant dean for admissions and director of diversity programs in the School of Medicine

Undergraduate

Kathleen Bucholz, MD, professor of psychiatry and tutor for the Alcohol Research Training Summer School (ARTSS)

Emily Boyd, PhD, Principal Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science for the Summer Engineering Fellowship Program (WUSEF)

Ebony Page, coordinator-diversity, summer programs & community outreach for DBBS, for the Amgen Scholars Program  and the BioMedRAP in biological and biomedical sciences.

Sarah “Sally” Elgin, PhD, the Viktor Hamburger Distinguished Professor in Arts & ­Sciences, program director of Genomics Education Partnership, and Chris Shaffer, PhD, lecturer in biology, technical director for GEP.

Harvey Fields, PhD, Project Director and Ashley Gilkey, Diversity in Retention Coordinator TRIO Program

Julia Macias Garcia, associate director, Student Involvement and Leadership and Director, Rodriguez Scholars Program. Go to undergraduate admissions on how to apply.

Erik Herzog, PhD, Program Director, Rochelle D. Smith, MS, Assistant Program Director, Diana Jose’ Edwards, PhD, Program Coordinator for The St. Louis Neuroscience Pipeline.

Pat Gibbons, professor Department of Physics, Research Fellowships in Physics, including Summer Fellowships and Academic Year Fellowships.

Joy Kiefer, director Office of Undergraduate Research and associate dean College of Arts & Sciences and Kristin Sobotka, Program Manager, for the Summer Research Programs at WashU as well as Other Summer Programs and Funding Sources.

Victoria Fraser, MD, department of medicine and director of the Clinical Research Training Center, and Jay Piccirillo, MD, department of otolaryngology and Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC), are directors of the ASPIRE Program (Advanced Summer Program for Investigation and Research Education) offered by the CRTC.

Cherilynn Shadding, PhD, assistant professor and director of the outreach program for The Genome Institute at Washington University.

Kristin Sobatka, undergraduate research coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Rochelle Smith, assistant provost, Leadership Alliance Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Robyn S. Hadley, associate vice chancellor for students, director of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program.

James Skeath, PhD, professor, Department of Genetics, program director, and Jennifer Kohl, administrative and program coordinator of the uSTAR Program.

Washington University’s uSTAR Program provides students with mentored research opportunities early in their college careers, with the goal of fostering student interest in graduate school in STEM fields. The program provides generous tuition remission (up to $16,500/year), a monthly stipend ($922/month), research funds and a travel budget, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of students who successfully pursue PhD or MD/PhD degrees in biomedical-related sciences (biology, chemistry, biophysics, mathematics, engineering) and have future careers in biomedical-related research.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and Summer Scholars in Biology & Biomedical Research Program

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program introduces WashU undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.
  • Summer Scholars in Biology & Biomedical Research (SSBBR) Program, also known as the pre-freshman summer scholars program since it is undertaken prior to the freshman year, is an intensive program helping students make the transition to active learning. Up to 20 students are selected based on their academic background, interest in scientific research, an essay and teachers recommendations. In the first week, summer scholars work together in the lab to master selected basic research skills, including techniques used in molecular biology. For the following six weeks, they work in a research lab to apply these tools to research problems.

Graduate and Professional School

Heather Hageman, MBA, director for the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

Senior Project Manager in the Program in Occupational Therapy.

Cherilynn R. Shadding, PhD, assistant professor in genetics, and Jim Skeath, PhD, professor of genetics, program directors for the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD).

Rochelle D. Smith, director of diversity, summer programs and community outreach for DBBS, and Ebony Page, coordinator, diversity, summer programs and community outreach for DBBS.

Lisa Stevenson, MBA, assistant dean for admissions and director of diversity programs in the School of Medicine.

Jennifer Stith, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy and division director for education in physical therapy, in the Program in Occupational Therapy.

Molly Tovar, EdD, director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School.

Amy Gassel, assistant director graduate student financial services and coordinator of diversity programs, Chancellor’s Fellows Program.

Rochelle D. Smith, assistant provost and Renato Feres, PhD, professor of mathematics and program director of Joint Post-Baccalaureate Program (JPP).

Postgraduate and Faculty

Steven Baldwin, PhD, lead recruiter in the Office of Human Resources at Washington University School of Medicine.

Diana L. Gray, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and of radiology, associate dean for faculty affairs in the School of Medicine.

D.C. Rao, PhD, director of the Division of Biostatistics, professor of biostatistics, and of biostatistics in genetics and in psychiatry, director, PRIDE (Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research) program for minority faculty and program director of PRIDE-GE (Summer Institute Program in Genetic Epidemiology) along with Linda Schreier, program administrator.

Cherilynn Shadding, PhD, assistant professor and director of the outreach program in The Genome Institute at Washington University.

Molly Tovar, EdD, director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School.

Nick Benassi, associate dean and diversity contact for the  School of Engineering & Applied Science.