The University of Massachusetts is funding a fellowship program for graduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
The Spaulding-Smith Fellowships will benefit 20 new graduate students, who for two years will receive full-tuition scholarships, year-round stipends, funding to present at academic conferences and mentoring. The fellowships are meant to increase diversity in fields that have historically lacked gender and racial diversity, both at UMass Amherst and across the country.
“I greatly look forward to implementing the many exciting components of the Spaulding-Smith Fellowship Program in the service of our talented STEM students from diverse backgrounds,” Funmi Adebayo, assistant dean for inclusion and engagement in the graduate school, said in a statement. “I am confident that it will help our fellows thrive as they pursue their academic and professional goals.”