LOS ANGELES (Aug. 15, 2018) — Today, Mount Saint Mary’s University has received the 2018 “Inspiring Programs in STEM Award” from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Mount’s award stems from its innovative, cross-discipline Global Women in STEM and Policy (GWSP) undergraduate research training program. Designed by University faculty, the program is open to students majoring in biology, chemistry, political science, healthcare policy and global politics. Students accepted to GWSP form a cohort and engage in a three-semester, cross-discipline experience that culminates in a summer of global field research.
“Our goal with this project is to increase the number of women entering, and excelling, in the fields of STEM, public policy, and behavioral and social sciences,” says Lia Roberts, PhD, associate professor of political science and one of GWSP’s leads. “We also want to make sure this is a sustainable model to expand global research opportunities for both students and faculty.”
Mount Saint Mary’s will be featured, along with 77 other recipients nationwide, in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, which also noted the University’s commitment to its mission as a women’s university and as an officially designated Hispanic-Serving Institution.
“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication and mentorship for underrepresented students,” says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”
For more information about the 2018 “Inspiring Programs in STEM Award,” visit insightintodiversity.com.
Learn more about Mount Saint Mary’s award-winning Global Women in STEM and Policy undergraduate research training program in the 2018 spring/summer issue of Mount Magazine.
About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. msmu.edu
About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education today, and is known for its annual INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, the only award that recognizes colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion in higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as explorations of best practices and profiles of exemplary programs. In our Career Center, readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. insightintodiversity.com