Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Established in 1986, the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science & Engineering is an award-winning program that provides support and encouragement for undergraduate women pursuing degrees and careers in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. The program's ultimate goal is to increase the participation of Rutgers women in STEM. The Douglass Project provides women in the STEM-related fields with personal, professional, and leadership development opportunities and provides support systems that encourage women to recognize their abilities, attain their educational goals, and ultimately pursue careers in the STEM fields.
Beginning with a three-year grant from the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, the Douglass Project proposed to provide support programs for women taking math, biology, chemistry, and physics courses necessary for a math or science major. Original goals of the program included developing a network of support for female undergraduate students who were interested in math and science at Rutgers-New Brunswick and creating co-curricular programs to increase confidence of these students. Specific programs were organized where students could meet other young women interested in math and science majors and see that they were not alone in their endeavors.
Over 30 years later, the Douglass Project continues to offer signature programs of support for women in science throughout Rutgers University. Our current initiatives include:
- Bunting-Cobb for Women in STEM Living-Learning Community (the first of its kind in the nation),
- DOCTORS (Douglass-ODASIS – A Community That Offers Resources & Support) Living-Learning Community for women aspiring to be physicians and healthcare providers,
- An introductory research course for first-time researchers and summer stipend program providing hands-on research lab experience for undergraduate students called Project SUPER (Science for Undergraduates a Program for Excellence in Research),
- Reilly-Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community for women,
- Computer Science Living-Learning Community for women,
- An industry mentoring program for women in science and technology in collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb, and
- An outreach program for women in computing developed with DIMACS (Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science)
Along with additional programs constantly in development, each year the Douglass Project holds multiple events and workshops that assist participants in enhancing their academic, career/professional and personal development. Nearly 600 students have taken our Introduction to Scientific Research course and approximately 900 students have participated in summer research opportunities offered through Douglass Residential College.
Douglass Project programs and initiatives have been supported in part by the following corporations and foundations:
From HackHERS (2019)
From Networking Night (2019)
In addition to our corporate and foundation sponsors, the Douglass Project is also supported by many generous Douglass alumnae and friends of Douglass.