Diversity & Outreach

The Chemistry Department at Boston College embraces the goal of achieving equitable representation by underrepresented minorities and women on our faculty and staff and within the ranks of our postdoctoral research associates, graduate students, and undergraduate student majors. We recognize that fundamental inequalities are introduced early in the educational process and persist throughout all levels of the university. As a department, we are undertaking specific, concrete actions to enhance racial and gender equity at all levels.

We are particularly proud of chemistry outreach activities for students at all stages of learning. We seek to engender an interest in science in younger students by engaging their natural curiosity and wonder with the physical world. Through campus visits and summer research laboratory opportunities, we seek to challenge and inspire older students to pursue careers in the chemical sciences.

Women in Science and Technology

Beginning in 2006, the Women in Science and Technology Program (WST) has brought together hundreds of female students from Boston-area high schools for a month-long weekend program of research, lectures, field trips, and the opportunity to meet mentors and role models from scientific disciplines.

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PSP: Paper 2 Plastics

The “Paper to Plastics” program, spearheaded by Professors Eranthie Weerapana and Jeffery Byers in the Department of Chemistry, is a program that unites chemistry and biology to engage young female and underrepresented minorities in scientific research.

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Chemistry Outreach Activities

Bringing science to the community through targeted outreach activities is a vital extension of education and research in the chemical sciences at Boston College.

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Options Through Education Program

The Options Through Education Transitional Summer Program aims to prepare a select group of diverse students for the transition from high school to college.

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Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee was created to provide a forum for conversations, education and mentoring to further enrich our community.

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