The STEM Incubator is a new cohort program designed to support and train students who are underrepresented in STEM disciplines, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, first-generation and low-income students. The program introduces students to current research topics in chemistry, biology and statistics; teaches and develops fundamental research skills; builds relationships between students and the campus community; and enables students to be creative in their problem-solving.
Our Learning Goals
Expose students to current research topics in the fields of chemistry, biology and data science, with emphasis on interdisciplinary research topics including drug delivery, nanotechnology and biostatistics.
Forge strong relationships between students and professors who can serve as mentors. Introduce students to Amherst staff that can support them throughout their time at the College and alumni working in scientific fields.
Introduce students to fundamental research skills including how to find and cite scientific literature using databases and reference management tools, experimental design, hypothesis testing and science communication.
Allow students to be creative in their problem-solving and experimental design including proposing new experiments and technologies based on their research.